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RCMP says it will avoid cuts to key police services

A RCMP cruiser is shown in Vancouver, May 25, 2008.

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The RCMP says it will avoid cuts to vital police services — at least for now — due to revised funding agreements with the provinces, technological advances and some internal streamlining.

Money shortfalls recently forced the Mounties to look at paring back some national services such as DNA analysis, fingerprinting operations and criminal intelligence.

The squeeze meant that almost one-fifth, or $32.5 million, of what the national police force spends annually on the services — which many other players in the criminal justice system depend on — was being scrounged from elsewhere within the RCMP.

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Notes released under the Access to Information Act say the Mounties can no longer manage the funding deficit and had identified significant cuts to the National Police Services.

Sean Jorgensen, the RCMP's director of strategic policy for specialized policing services, says at this point no cuts have been made.

He says the RCMP is closing the funding gap, but cautions the money pressures will continue.

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