A months-long staffing shortage that has seen many Fort Saskatchewan RCMP members working overtime and taking on extra duties should be coming to an end.
 
During a year-end report to city council in June, staff sergeant Mike McCauley said that staffing vacancies during 2017-18 hit the detachment fairly hard, leaving the local police force to make do on average with about 24 members, several short of their normal full roster of 38.
 
More recently McCauley confirmed that once a few upcoming transfers are complete, the detachment should be back up to full staffing levels by September.
 
“In the RCMP a lot of times transfers require physical moves. We have a few people that are coming,” he said. “They're just waiting to sell their houses in different places in the province.”
 
With the new staff joining the force, the local detachment will be able to give more attention to some key policing priorities, in particular crime reduction and traffic safety. According to McCauley, these initiatives require a great deal of proactive policing and enforcement and education.
 
“And when you have a full staff, a full complement of members, it is far easier to be able to put on those extracurricular projects, which is what we plan to do."

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