Paying the Hat Medicine police more than the Toronto police hurts us because we do not have the same purchasing power as Toronto. The cost of living is cheaper in Medicine Hat, so work is cheaper – it`s one of the main competitive advantages of small towns. We know that modern policing is brutally difficult. The Canadian Police Association says its members are facing a higher workload. I got a taste of it at a police ride in December 2019. The police go from call to appeal. It is a long, difficult day of work and there is good evidence that police work is becoming more and more difficult. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to recruit police officers to work at Medicine Hat. But if it is not enough to pay the local police more than Toronto`s salaries to attract the right people, there is obviously something else going on that we should address. The first thing that strikes is the similarity of wages across the country. Lacombe, with a population of 13,000, pays its municipal police roughly at the level of wages in Canada`s largest cities.
The hat medicine police are paid more than the Toronto police. The UPV represents collective agreements for approximately 1,300 members of the Vancouver Police Service and negotiates employment contracts. It also represents its members in disciplinary proceedings and cases relating to the Workers` Compensation Act and the Employment Standards Act. Through its president and spokesman, Tom Stamatakis, the union acts as a political lobby on behalf of its members and has taken a strong stand on issues such as the Insite Safe Injection Site in Vancouver, calling it a « barrier-free disaster » for downtown Eastside and saying that all it has accomplished is creating a « sense of well-being » for the homeless population.  The union also questioned The credibility of Sam Sullivan as chairman of the police committee.  Criticism of the Vancouver police force has been publicly denounced by the union, particularly lawyers Phil Rankin, Cameron Ward and John Richardson of the Royal Pivot Society.  These are difficult conversations because policing is essential to a community.