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City looking for exemption from RCMP information check policy

Superintendent Ray Noble has run into a conflict when it comes to charging for police information checks.

The municipal bylaw says fees must be collected for the service, other than for volunteer organizations, but the RCMP policy is to not charge provincial residents.

Being a combined municipal and provincial detachment, Noble says this puts them in a unique situation.

“The services are all provided in an area that the bylaw applies. The policy says that I can’t charge fees for that service, so without doing a complicated workaround, I would always necessarily be in a conflict with either the policy or the bylaw.”

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For the past year they tried having requests from County residents processed in Beaverlodge, but two to three weeks were added to the processing time with the same amount of work or more.

The City has committed to lobbying the RCMP for an exemption, which Noble was previously denied.

More than 5-thousand checks were done in Grande Prairie last year.

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