Surrey, BC — Following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, in response to a statement released today by the Surrey Policing Transition Trilateral Committee regarding secondment opportunities for newly-hired SPS officers with Surrey RCMP.
SURREY, BC – Following the Surrey Police Board’s (SPB) July report on sworn officer status and the swearing-in of newly hired Surrey Police Service (SPS) officers, the National Police Federation (NPF) is raising new questions and concerns about the costs of the delayed and unpopular proposed municipal police service.
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 in provincial funding to meet SPS’ recruiting demand.
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:
On May 1, 1951, the City of Surrey, B.C. welcomed the RCMP as their new police service based on the result of a referendum vote. Tomorrow, 70 years later, the Surrey RCMP celebrate seven decades of service.
A new Freedom of Information request obtained by the National Police Federation (NPF) shows a newly hired Deputy Chief for the Surrey Police Service is making $235,000 a year in salary and up to $320,000 a year with benefits, much more than the Premier of British Columbia ($171,7901), more than double the Mayor of Surrey ($147,0182), and significantly more than senior RCMP officers.
Transitioning from the RCMP to the delayed and unpopularSurreyPolice Service (SPS) could cost most current RCMP Members up to$109,000in an immediate, out-of-pocket costs.
The National Police Federation, which represents around 850 RCMP Officers inSurreyand ~7,000 Officers throughoutBritish Columbia, retained the services of Westcoast Actuaries to study what it could cost Members to transition their pension from the RCMP toSurrey'sunpopular new force. Theresults of that studyshow that early- and mid-career RCMP Members (32 to 42 years old) could face an estimated$79,000to$109,0001in out-of-pocket costs to transfer their pension.
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.
The National Police Federation has released itssubmissionoutlining 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.
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.