Ever felt like you were being taken for a ride? Tell Surrey’s Mayor and Council that no one ordered their expensive and unpopular police transition.

The Issues

1. Big Tax Increases

The City of Surrey is raising taxes significantly to fund the new police service.

  • McCallum and his team voted to increase property taxes, resulting in an average 11% increase
  • This is in addition to tripling the property levy from $100 to $300 per homeowner
  • Taxes on an average $1 million home will be $3,200 in 2021

Mayor and Council should be providing support for vulnerable citizens instead of funding this costly police transition.

2. Hidden and Unknown Costs

This is a costly plan with more future hidden and unknown costs for taxpayers. Mayor and Council did not conduct a feasibility study and should halt this transition until full costs are known and shared.

  • Transition costs have tripled from $19 million to $63.7 million
  • Other costs of the transition remain unknown or unclear:
    • 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
    • Expenses to pay RCMP Members to return to testify in court on ongoing cases in Surrey for three to five years

3. Unpopular Plan

Surrey residents overwhelmingly do not support this unpopular plan. Multiple rounds of research have shown:

  • 76% believe providing support for seniors and vulnerable residents, along with maintaining core services should be a top priority
  • 77% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey; with improvements such as increased policing resources
  • Only 15% of residents want to replace the RCMP
  • 2/3 of residents continue to support a referendum on the plan

4. Plan in Disarray

The Mayor promised the new police service would have local leadership and officers, and would launch by April 1, 2021:

  • The first three senior officers hired are all former RCMP; none of whom live or have recently worked in Surrey
  • None of the three senior officers reflect the diversity of the Surrey community
  • The new Chief stated the transition has been delayed to late 2022
  • Only 14% of current RCMP Members surveyed internally say they’ll consider transferring
  • Surrey’s new police service would not have access to RCMP technology and shared services
  • aw approval for the police transition

Community &
Diversity

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.

Our Officers

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.

Supporters

The following community leaders are just some of the many who have gone on record supporting keeping the RCMP in Surrey.

Latest News

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SURREY, B.C. – At a recent legislative committee to discuss B.C.’s Main Estimates, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth confirmed that current provincial Surrey Police Service (SPS) transition costs of an estimated $600,000 will rise by roughly 30 percent to an estimated $840,000 in 2021-2022. Additionally, separate from Estimates, SPS will...

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