Mr. Speaker, this week being National Police Week, I acknowledge the RCMP detachment in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada's second largest municipal contract detachment, with approximately 240 officers. In every aspect, this detachment exemplifies what is meant by serving the community.
On January 15 the local RCMP began a community policing pilot project, forging a new relationship with citizens. By dividing the city into four districts, the force will eliminate a central command, making officers more accessible to citizens, essentially assigning each officer to his or her own turf. By providing a greater presence in the local neighbourhoods, through full service community stations, storefront contact offices and a restructuring of the organization, this five-year strategic plan is sure to make a difference.
There is much concern for safety on our streets and in our homes. I congratulate the Burnaby force for its innovation and diligence, and making my part of British Columbia a safer place to live.