File photo

New poll indicates 83 per cent of Surreyites say now not the time to replace RCMP

This is second survey National Police Federation commissioned from Pollara Strategic Insights in recent months

A new public opinion poll commissioned by the National Police Federation suggests 83 per cent of Surrey residents want city hall to put the brakes on replacing the RCMP with a city-made police force, given the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NPF represents more than 20,000 Mounties and as such is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada and the second largest in North America.

This is the second survey related to Surrey’s policing transition plan that the NPF has commissioned from Pollara Strategic Insights in recent months. The first, released in February, suggested 83 per cent of Surrey residents “favour a referendum before a final decision is made on the issue of replacing the RCMP in Surrey.”

In that case, Pollara conduct an online survey of 800 “randomly selected Surrey residents,” ages 18 and above, between January 21-31, 2020.

READ ALSO: Surrey suggests 83 per cent of Surreyites ‘favour a referendum’ on policing transition

READ ALSO FOCUS: Full steam ahead for Surrey’s SkyTrain expansion, policing transition plans

Key findings of this latest poll, featuring a “randomly selected” sample of 803 Surrey residents between April 17 and April 27, suggest that 90 per cent of Surrey residents say city council “should take a step back to evaluate spending plans to focus on residents’ most urgent priorities,” while 16 per cent of Surrey residents say replacing the Surrey RCMP with its own city police force “should be a major priority right now.”

Brian Sauvé, president of the NPF, maintains Surrey residents “have made their priorities clear, focusing on the need for core services and support for those who have been impacted by this pandemic.

“People are clearly telling us this is not the right time for this policing transition plan,” he said. “COVID-19 has shown how important it is to have dedicated and experienced emergency responders who know their communities. Now is not the time for a disruptive change in policing. We encourage city council to re-think this plan and focus on the health and safety of people and their communities.”

According to Pollara’s 18-page Surrey Policing: Wave 2 survey, over 53 per cent of Surrey residents “have an unfavourable impression of Mayor Doug McCallum” while “over three-quarters of Surrey residents have a favourable opinion of RCMP officers.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Tom on Twitter

City of SurreyCoronavirusRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey student earns TD Community Leadership scholarship

Harjot Bal recognized for his One Blood For Life Foundation

Suspect sought in alleged indecent act in South Surrey

Police say incident occurred near 13 Avenue and 131 Street

‘Pods’ set up at Surrey homeless centre

Temporary shelter set up in April to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

New Serpentine rail bridge completed in Cloverdale-Sullivan

$3 million crossing replacement marks first of 13 flood-mitigation projects

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

IHIT names homicide victim found in the Fraser Canyon this week

Police asking for tips into the suspicious death of 29-year-old Alicia Berg

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Most Read

l -->