LETTERS: More to cost of new city force

Editor: Right now, the taxpayers of Surrey are being asked to write a blank cheque.


Following a fear-mongering campaign by Safe Surrey to make Surrey safe again with a new local police force, I noted that safety can be put on the back burner until this magical new force is in place, i.e. the mayor does not want to hire more RCMP officers because a) there is no money to hire them, and b) they cannot be trained in time.

Where does the mayor think this new police force is coming from, taking civilians off the streets and turning them into policemen and policewomen?

Surely a closer reality is that the majority will be ex-RCMP officers.

Surrey needs to appoint an independent body to determine accurate start-up and operating costs of this new local police force and then hold a single-point referendum to see if the taxpayers of Surrey are prepared to pay the costs associated with satisfying the mayor’s obsession with creating a local police force.

Right now, the taxpayers of Surrey are being asked to write a blank cheque to cover these costs with no guarantee that the service that they offer will be any better than that offered by the RCMP.

There is no money for needed infrastructure projects, but apparently plenty of money for a new police force.

Les Murrell, Surrey

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

Just Posted

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Surrey bylaw’s tactics with Uber drivers deemed ‘entrapment’ and ‘completely wrong’

That’s what Councillors Brenda Locke and Linda Annis had to say Monday about city staff hailing Uber drivers then issuing them warnings

Two men charged with first-degree murder in 2019 Surrey case

Two men charged with first-degree murder in killing of Andrew Baldwin, 30, in Surrey

‘Our Surrey Vision’ report to be made public Thursday

Community-engagement project launched by Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association last year

Indecent act reported in North Delta

Police received a report of a man touching himself in the park next to the Mackie library on Jan. 23

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sex assaults linked, RCMP ask women not to walk alone in Coquitlam park

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

‘Big money’ funding B.C. politics now mostly from taxpayers

Campaign targets $16 million and counting in ‘politician welfare’

Most Read

l -->