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Grand Bank council concerned with dwindling police presence

Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews
Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews - SaltWire File Photo
GRAND BANK, N.L. —

A decline in police officers stationed in Grand Bank is growing concern around town council's table.
“We always had four officers stationed here in Grand Bank and now we’re down to one, and we’ve been down to one now forever,” said Mayor Rex Matthews.
“I understand about people on leave, people transferring, people probably on medical leave. I understand all of that but that doesn’t do anything for the people of Grand Bank."
Council has already met with the RCMP in Marystown to raise its concerns about a lack of police presence in Grand Bank and nearby Fortune, which has a population of approximately 4,000 residents.
"The meetings are always pretty cordial, but the results are not like what we need in Grand Bank,” Matthews said.
He explained officers stationed in the town once provided policing to Grand Bank, Fortune and up along the shore toward Point Bay and beyond.
Today, police respond from the Marystown-Burin area.
“I know personally if an alarm went off in my building five years ago the cop in Grand Bank beat me to the store,” added Coun. Roger Brooks. “Now I get a call and they say 'Can you go to the store and confirm it’s a burglary and we’ll send someone from Marystown.'”
The mayor said the it's time for the town to regain its losses.
"I haven’t seen one positive development on policing in the last three or four meetings we have had with the RCMP, so I think it’s time,” he said.
Matthews suggested council try to arrange another meeting with the RCMP.  

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