RCMP won’t disclose number of officers on the job in Surrey in midst of policing debate
As a shift to a municipal police force in Surrey remains undecided, the RCMP won’t say how many of their officers are on the job in B.C.’s second largest city.
A majority council led by mayor Brenda Locke and her Surrey Connect Party voted last week to halt the transition to the Surrey Police Service and return to the RCMP. Council has directed staff to produce a report on how to do that.
The report, which is well underway with more than $108 million spent and 315 police officers and 59 civilian support staff hired, will be sent to B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, who has the final decision on the transition.
The number of RCMP officers and the number of new Surrey Police Service (SPS) officers that are currently on the job is important because a human resources transition plan agreed to by the municipal, provincial and federal governments requires the RCMP to demobilize as the SPS ramps up.