Overwhelming citizen support for Surrey Police Department, says City of Surrey

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum with a marked Surrey Police cruiser.
Photo by Jay Sharma of Mahi Photo Studio

THE City of Surrey announced on Monday that it has concluded its public engagement process for the planned transition to a Surrey Police Department. Over a five-week period, 23 public engagement events were held across Surrey’s six town centres.

The results of the Citizen Consultation Survey are being released today.

A total of 11,103 survey responses were received.

The following are some of the key findings from the survey:

– It’s time that Surrey had a police department that is locally led:

93% Strongly Agree/Agree
– I want police officers to build their career in Surrey, so they know the community well:

98% Strongly Agree/Agree
– I believe our police department should prioritize its efforts based on what is important to Surrey citizens:

98% Strongly Agree/Agree

“The results of the survey responses speak volumes about the overwhelming support the citizens of Surrey have for the creation of a Surrey Police Department,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “It is clear to me that the people of Surrey are ready for the switch to a city police department and it is my desire to deliver on their wishes. I sincerely hope the Solicitor General can render his decision soon. We have a detailed plan in place, and we are ready and eager to start work on the formation of a Surrey Police Department.”

The full report on the public-engagement process is being compiled by staff. When finalized, the full report will be forwarded to Council and the public in mid-July.




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