Surrey Police Department report shows reduced number of officers and a “bogus” budget, says Councillor Linda Annis. She is calling on the province and the City of Surrey to organize a public referendum on any final plans for a Surrey Police Department.
By DESIBUZZbc Staff
SURREY – Opposition Councillor Linda Annis says instead of adding more officers, the proposed Surrey Police Department would have 38 fewer officers than the current RCMP detachment in B.C.’s second largest city.
“How can having fewer officers make our city safer, when what we need are 300 new officers, if you do a side-by-side comparison of Vancouver and Surrey,” said Annis. “In addition, the proposed budget is ridiculously low and without details.
“The proposed budget doesn’t make much sense without details. The report to the provincial government reflects no public input and I think Surrey taxpayers and voters will be perplexed by the reduced number of officers. Frankly, this is a far cry from what we need and a demonstration of decisions made behind closed doors.”
Annis is calling on the province and the City of Surrey to organize a public referendum on any final plans for a Surrey Police Department.
“The report is a major disappointment and its approach to policing in our community and neighbourhoods only hurts public safety rather than making us safer. This report sends all the wrong signals to gangs and criminals. The proposed Surrey Police Department is a major change and any final plans must be voted on by the taxpayers of Surrey, a city that is growing by at least 10,000 people annually.”