“Our familiarity with that act is zero.”
From Leamington Post
Police will continue Pt. Pelee patrols
But won’t enforce park laws
Wednesday September 26, 2007
Leamington Police will continue to patrol Point Pelee National Park but they do not want the responsibility of handling all the enforcement in the park.
Police Chief Dean Gow told the Leamington Police Services Board last week that he recently received a request from the park warden to take over park enforcement.
Gow told the board that the RCMP have pulled out, so they are looking for someone to take over.
But the chief said that would be too much to tackle — the enforcement of the National Parks Act.
“Our familiarity with that act is zero,” he said. “I don’t feel the Leamington Police Services should take on a piece of Federal legislation that we’re not mandated for.”
He said they currently handle enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act and liquor control enforcement. And he said that is how he would like it to remain.
Gow did say they would be willing to step up patrols so there is a greater police presence but that is as far as he would like to see it go.
“I wouldn’t want to see people take advantage of the fact there is no one on-site for enforcement of the National Parks Act,” said Gow, especially when it comes to shooting waterfowl.
“This is a board decision though,” said Gow, “not a chief’s.”
“We want to do what we can to help,”he added, but he said trying to learn all the ins and outs of the federal legislation would be too much to take on.
“It’s also a matter of pulling our reserves away to do something we’re really not mandated to do,” he added.
The board agreed with Gow to deny the request but offer to step up patrols within the park.