We are one step closer to getting back our own police force. This is a welcome development, but it isn’t going to happen tomorrow. The Town of Brome Lake agreed to go forward with a special request to the National Assembly which would join the police forces of Bromont. There are substantial benefits to this: a savings of $400,000 a year, plus extra revenue from tickets issued on all roads in the Town boundaries.
As things stand now, if the SQ gives a ticket on a numbered highway, the revenue goes to the provincial government; money from tickets issued on secondary roads goes to the town.
If we were to have a joint police force with Bromont,all revenue from tickets issued on routes 104, 139, 215 and 243 within the town of Brome Lake would go to the town. That would go a long way to reducing police costs, which already would be significantly lower.
There is already grumbling that there would be more tickets for speeding and other traffic offences, as there are now in the Town of Bromont. One can hardly criticize the police for doing their job. Few people speed on Bromont roads because of vigilant police patrols. We should welcome the same degree of safety here, as well an increased presence on secondary roads.
There is going to be a delay in bringing all this about, and it is out of our hands. The Quebec Government’s Justice file is crowded with legislation to deal with the long gun registry; the age for marijuana use; and appointing a new director of the SQ. That means the request for the change to the Police Act will have to wait until the fall session, though Mayor Richard Burcombe says there may be another way to bring about this welcome change. We can only hope it is done as soon as possible so the Town of Brome Lake can enjoy reduced costs, safer roads, and better police service overall.