The RCMP is concerned that they can no longer fund the National Police Services. For those of you who don’t know, the NPS maintains not only the databases of fingerprints and criminal records for Canada, but also the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the nation’s sex offender registry.
It’s estimated that this year alone over $28 Million will be spent to maintain the database, which contains information about fingerprints, criminal records, missing children, and the sex offender registry. Federal funding has dropped by $20 Million since 2006. To make up the deficit in funding, the RCMP has been using monies from their budget surplus to maintain this program. However, a recent push for recruitment of RCMP staff and officers has resulted in an elimination of the surplus.