Police transition away from RCMP still underway in Surrey: advice


The Surrey Police Commission expresses confidence that the process of transitioning the police from the RCMP to a municipal force will continue despite the election of a pro-RCMP mayor.

Mayor-elect Brenda Locke, who defeated Mayor Doug McCallum in Saturday’s municipal election, pledged to keep the RCMP in Surrey during her victory speech on Saturday.

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McCallum made replacing Surrey Constabulary with a civic police force a major initiative during his four-year tenure, which is now ending in defeat.

Police board executive director Melissa Granum said in an interview that the board wanted to meet with Locke, who now becomes board chairman, as soon as possible to brief him on the police transition process.

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She says the Surrey Police Service has already hired around 350 staff, with more than 150 officers, including a chief.

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Ian MacDonald, a media spokesman for the Surrey Police Service, said in a statement that talks with the new mayor and council are welcome, but any decision to change course will require the approval of the provincial government, which approved a municipal police service in Surrey in 2019.

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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 16, 2022.

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