WINNIPEG - Manitoba's justice minister says there's a shortage of RCMP officers in the province and he's written to the federal public safety minister calling for a plan to deal with the issue.
According to Kelvin Goertzen, 18 per cent of Mountie positions in Manitoba are currently vacant and there will not be enough new recruits to replace retiring RCMP officers in the next few years.
He says the problem was made worse when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of the main Mountie training centre in Regina.
In the letter, Goertzen says RCMP detachments, especially those in the north and Indiegnous communituies, are operating at inadequate staffing levels.
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