Police told to hire locally

Lethbridge residents shot down a plan to bring in pre-trained police officers from the Maritimes as a way to cut local police training costs.

The Lethbridge regional police service floated the idea during a public meeting Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of other Alberta police forces who look to Holland College’s Atlantic Police Academy in Prince Edward Island to help fill their ranks. The public meeting attracted about 75 people, many of them lawyers, councillors and social services representatives, who offered feedback on the police service’s budget, business plans and future priorities.

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