Re: More to cost of new city force, Dec. 28 letters.
I read with great interest the political attack on the Safe Surrey “slate” in the comments of Les Murrell.
The truth of the matter is the RCMP has digressed to being the Walmart of policing compared to other agencies. I found some comments poorly informed, having been a police constable in my younger years.
The RCMP is a poorly managed paramilitary organization, not fine-tuned for community policing. In the city of Surrey they provide reactionary and not proactive policing.
The modest marginal monetary increase to have our own police force locally governed by a police board, and not Ottawa, would benefit us all.
The RCMP is truly geared for the enforcement of federal statutes, crime labs and other special details. They are not geared to be general-duty members as street cops in a densely populated community.
Ron Eves, Surrey