French not required for police

Richard Froese
South Peace News

High Prairie RCMP has learned that it will no longer be required to provide information and documents in the French language.
Response and comments are being invited at a community forum Oct. 25 at the High Prairie fire hall from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss the impact.
“The forum is an opportunity for all community members to attend and be informed on this decision/process, and to ask questions,” says interim S/Sgt. John Respet.
In August 2013, the Official Languages Regulations Re-application Exercise was launched by the Treasury Board, which mandated a review and update of the linguistic designation of all offices of federal institutions that provide services to and communicate with the public, subject to the requirements of Part IV of the Official Languages Act [Communications with and Services to the Public] and the Official Languages Regulations.
Results from the data collected through the Official Languages Regulations Re-application Exercise indicate that the High Prairie detachment is no longer required to provide services in both official languages.
“The detachment may choose to continue to provide bilingual services should consultations with the minority population show that there is sufficient need or demand to do so,” states a letter from Loretta Beaudet, regional program manager of Official Languages.
High Prairie RCMP is also required to continue to offer services in the French language during the public consultation.
For more information, phone Respet at the detachment office at [780] 523-3370.

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