The National Police Federation (NPF) is raising concerns related to testimony at a BC Legislative Committee, that the unpopular and expensive proposed Surrey Police Service will cost British Columbia taxpayers millions and not be operational for four years.Read more
1. Risks to Community Safety
Community safety will be put at risk with no clear plan in place to transition safely from the RCMP. Mayor McCallum’s plan would raid neighbouring Metro Vancouver police departments to start his new force, creating chaos and significant risks to public safety around the region.
- The new Surrey police force has not hired a single officer.
- Only 14% of Surrey RCMP officers will even consider joining a Surrey Police Service.
- The Justice Institute of BC does not have the resources to train 800+ new police officers over the next few months or even year.
2. Hidden and Unknown Costs
This is a costly plan filled with hidden and unknown expenses for taxpayers. With Surrey already facing a deficit of $42 million due to COVID-19, taxpayers can’t risk paying more to get less in the middle of a global pandemic. There are dozens of unanswered questions with very expensive answers, and it is not clear who will be left to pick up the bill.
- Potential doubling of IT costs
- Liability and legal costs for accidents, civil actions, and other claims
- Loss of additional federal subsidies, including 30% for the Integrated Homicide Investigative Teams (IHIT) service
3. Unpopular Plan
Surrey residents overwhelmingly do not support this unpopular plan.
- 77% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey
- 58% oppose the Mayor’s plan – and 44% of those strongly oppose it.
- 70% support a referendum on the plan
For decades, the Surrey RCMP has been a centerpiece of community involvement in Surrey.
Just a few of the highlights include:
The annual Surrey RCMP Classic high-school boys basketball tournament, now in its 29th year, and the largest tournament of its kind in the country. The 2020 tournament featured 48 teams, 700 student-athletes, and 87 games, carrying on a legacy of positive engagement between the RCMP, youth and the community.
The RCMP is also proud to champion several causes in the community, including Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive, Pack the Police Car in aid of Surrey Food Bank, and Sophies Place, in support of children who are victims of physical, mental, or sexual abuse.
Surrey RCMP is a key partner in Surrey Safe Schools, providing prevention and intervention resources and programming to help keep our kids safe in in the classroom. Key programs include Code Blue/Mini Blue which builds positive police-youth relationships through fitness, Shattering The Image, an anti-gang presentation which shares the true story of gang life in Surrey and its consequences, and Wraparound, a program designed to positively attach youth to school, their community and home by building trusting and positive relationships.
Other key community partnerships include the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) Program, D.A.R.E. (a youth-focused drug awareness and prevention program), and Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (S.M.A.R.T.), a program which works to mitigate risk before crises can occur by linking individuals in Surrey with critical supports and interventions.
It is critical that our police service reflect the diversity of our community. The Surrey RCMP Member language profile increasingly and closely reflects that of our City:
- Surrey detachment Members speak 51 different languages
- ~120 Members speak a South Asian language
- 83 members speak Punjabi; 62 Hindi; 24 Cantonese
- 31 more members speak a second language in 2019 than in 2017
Additionally, the Surrey RCMP lead the Diversity Outreach Program, which expands the ability of community police officers to connect with the City’s diverse communities, and ensure they are comfortable reaching out to and interacting with the RCMP when needed.
These are Surrey’s police officers: diverse, passionate, committed. Living and serving Surrey every day. They’ ve got our back, we need to have theirs.
The following community leaders are just some of the many who have gone on record supporting keeping the RCMP in Surrey.
- Former Mayor Bob Bose
- Former Mayor Dianne Watts
- Former Mayor Linda Hepner
- Councillor Linda Annis
- Councillor Brenda Locke
- Councillor Jack Singh Hundial
- Councillor Steven Pettigrew
- Former MLA and MP Gordie Hogg
- MP Ken Hardie
- Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman
- Retired Surrey RCMP Inspector Baltej S. Dhillon
National Police Federation submission focuses on escalating costs for delayed Surrey police transition
The National Police Federation has released its submission outlining serious concerns with projected costs related to the now-delayed police transition plan ahead of a Surrey Finance Committee budget meeting taking place later today.Read more
National Police Federation: Surrey police chief tasked with corralling transition in complete disarray
In response to the announcement of the appointment of Surrey Police Service (SPS) Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, NPF President Brian Sauvé says the Chief is taking over a transition process in complete disarray, with no officers hired, no agreement on a budget for 2021, and no transparency on ballooning costs....Read more