City of Vernon promotes petition for auxiliary police credit

Ottawa is urged to provide auxiliary RCMP constables the same tax credit as other volunteer first responders.

The City of Vernon is joining the campaign to have auxiliary police officers in Canada receive a tax benefit.

A link to Coun. Bob Spiers’ petition has been added to vernon.ca

The petition calls on the federal government to provide auxiliary RCMP constables the same tax credit as other volunteer first responders.

The petition reads, “Whereas the previous government instituted a tax credit for volunteer firemen in 2011 and a similar tax treatment for volunteer search and rescue in 2014; and an auxiliary constable is an unarmed, unpaid, uniformed RCMP volunteer whose activities are governed under provincial legislation. We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to extend a tax credit to auxiliary police officers similar to that already given to volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers.”

The petition can be found at www.vernon.ca/activities-events/news-events/news-archive/vernon-city-councillor-seeks-support-petition#sthash.BB5XlSYo.dpuf