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Transition Costs for Surrey Police Service Rise Yet Again

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 also require training of new recruits through the provincially funded Justice Institute of B.C., which will require an estimated additional $740,000[1] in provincial funding to meet SPS’ recruiting demand.

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NPF Calls on Province of B.C. to Resource and Stabilize Lower Mainland Policing To Address Escalating Gang Threat

Surrey, BC — Following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, following a series of public, high-risk gang related shootings in the Lower Mainland:

“In light of yet another gang-related shooting in a highly public setting, risking the lives of innocent members of the public and police officers, the National Police Federation is calling on the Province of British Columbia to:

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RCMP officers face up to $109,000 in immediate out-of-pocket costs to transition pension; major recruitment problem for SPS

Transitioning from the RCMP to the delayed and unpopular Surrey Police Service (SPS) could cost most current RCMP Members up to $109,000 in an immediate, out-of-pocket costs.

The National Police Federation, which represents around 850 RCMP Officers in Surrey and ~7,000 Officers throughout British Columbia, retained the services of Westcoast Actuaries to study what it could cost Members to transition their pension from the RCMP to Surrey's unpopular new force. The results of that study show that early- and mid-career RCMP Members (32 to 42 years old) could face an estimated $79,000 to $109,0001 in out-of-pocket costs to transfer their pension.

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