COALDALE: The Mayor of Coaldale says he's concerned about the rising cost of police service in the town.
Kim Craig joins other residents on a council sub-committee that's researching whether or not Coaldale needs to change its relationship with the Lethbridge Regional Police.
He says he respects and admires the men and women on the Lethbridge team, but it seems the cost of the service they offer doesn't always match the town's needs.
"How often does the Coaldale need the bomb squad or how often to we need the SWAT team? And there's other aspects of the service that we don't need on a day-to-day basis," Craig told Country 95 News.
Coaldale pays 1.8 million dollars each year for the regional police service - up from about about 700-thousand seven years ago. The current rate accounts for 25 per cent of the town's entire budget for the year.
Some of the policing alternatives Coaldale is considering include teaming with service in Taber, switching to the RCMP, or maintaining their ties with Lethbridge Regional Police Service.