For as long as most can remember, the red serge has served Port Coquitlam's policing needs.
But there is now a possibility that relationship could come to an end.
Not only has the city not signed onto the new RCMP contracted negotiated earlier this year between the province and federal government, the mayor wants to explore a regional or municipal force.
"All options are on the table," Greg Moore told The NOW.
"We want to try and figure out how we can move forward with the contract, but at the same time it's an opportunity to look at how our policing is being delivered."
That is a distinct change in tone from a little over a month ago, when the mayor said he wasn't interested in forming a municipal police force.
Last month, PoCo city council voted against signing the new RCMP contract, opting to wait another month for issues in the contract to be resolved.
Burnaby and Richmond are considering alternative policing models, while the two municipalities in North Vancouver are also looking into their own regional force.
The PoCo mayor seems to like what he sees from his Tri-Cities neighbour, and surmised a municipal force could be modeled after the Port Moody Police Department.
The Port Moody police buy into several integrated teams for larger operations; yet keep general duty officers on the ground.
For example, the department has an agreement with the Vancouver Police Department to investigate any homicides in the city.
Moore suggested Port Moody gets good value for the money by buying into the integrated teams and that any potential Port Coquitlam force doesn't need to be specialists in all aspect of policing.
Moore again reiterated the city's concern with the RCMP agreement, including an uncertainty around the definition of regional integrated teams and a more favourable cost-sharing arrangement for them.
Another key concern is the lack of discussion to ensure the cost-sharing formula for the new RCMP Head Office in Surrey's Green Timbers area appropriately allocates the capital costs.
However, Moore also pointed out he has no problem with the services being provided by the local detachment.
The City of Coquitlam has also waited to sign on to the agreement.
Council postponed signing on until it got more information on a couple of issues, but Mayor Richard Stewart indicated he's ready to sign the deal.
Originally, municipalities had until the end of April to sign the new contract, but the province extended the deadline to May 31, and then again to June 30.
Cities across the province were set to sign the agreement in April, until it was revealed it would come with increased costs for wages.
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