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Crime fighting recommendations not good enough: Community group

SURREY (NEWS1130) – Surrey’s mayor is endorsing a proposal to add 95 RCMP officers in that city over the next five years.

This is one of several recommendations coming from the Mayor’s Task Force to help combat crime there.

Doug Elford with the Newton Community Association doesn’t think it doesn’t go far enough. “I don’t think the numbers address the long term issues here. When they talk about efficiencies, we really don’t know what that means.”

The recommendations include adding 20 community safety patrol personnel, 10 of which will start work right away within Newton. It will be staffed by BC Commissionaires.

“I don’t like the idea of these security guards, these commissionaires walking the streets. They’re going to be dealing with the most issues first hand and I don’t think they’re qualified to be dealing with these issues and I don’t know if it makes our streets any safer,” says Elford.

The role of a community safety officer will also change, giving them the power to arrest and carry a firearm.

The city also plans to release crime statistics every month instead of quarter.