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Lethbridge:  An important resolution comes before the Alberta Association of Police Governance meeting on Saturday.

   Stakeholders from across the province are joining members of the Alberta Association of Police Governance (AAPG) in Lethbridge Friday night and Saturday.  The AAPG is an association of police commissions and community policing committees, which support excellence in civilian governance of police services in the province.

  Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security Frank Oberle was the keynote speaker at the opening of the annual conference on Friday night. The overall theme of the conference is "Governance Challenges for the Decade Ahead".

  Among Saturday's presentations and resolutions will be a look at potential diminished funding for 911 calls. 

  Right now,  911 "land line" fees tacked onto your phone bill by service providers are turned over to municipalities to offset Public Safety Communication Centre costs. There are also 911 fees tacked onto cell phone bills, however, those fees stay with phone service providers. A problem situation is on the horizon, in the fact that the use of "land lines" are decreasing as many more users turn strictly to cell phones.  With fewer "land line" 911 fees being collected there is no funding to compensate for that loss to sustain Communication Centre costs.

  Regional Police Inspector Jeff Cove says "A  motion is being brought forward at this meeting, asking that phone companies find a way to distribute cell phone 911 fees to emergency service providers".  Cove notes, " If those phone fees are not returned to emergency providers, the needed funds may have to come from the tax base".



Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4/24/2014 5:33:39 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News with files from Marion Warnica
 
 
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