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Surrey RCMP campaign demands police resources from province

Last Updated Dec 12, 2019 at 8:08 am PDT

FILE - RCMP. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Members have put in a formal request to Premier John Horgan to implement provisions of the Surrey Accord

The current roster of RCMP is 843 members and based on population size

Surrey is now short more than 250 officers

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — The “Keep the RCMP in Surrey” campaign is demanding British Columbia’s premier immediately increase police resources in the city.

Members have put in a formal request to Premier John Horgan to implement provisions of the Surrey Accord, and to ensure resource increases are in line with the city’s booming population growth.

According to the campaign organizer, the current roster of RCMP is 843 members and based on population size, Surrey is now short between 250 and 300 officers.

Mayor McCallum has proposed to cut the police roster to 805.

The group is asking the premier to deliver on pre-election promises.

The police transition in Surrey would see fewer officers on the ground than there are currently with the RCMP, at a higher cost.

The ongoing debate has divided members on council, with some claiming the public was and has not be consulted properly.