LETTERS: RCMP well trained for city policing duties


Re: RCMP a poor fit for Surrey, Jan. 4, 2019

I read with great interest the letter from Ron Eves and his evaluation of the RCMP compared to other police agencies. I respect his outdated opinion which appears to be based on his experience as a police constable in his younger years. He states that the RCMP mandate is geared for enforcement of federal statutes, crime labs and special details, and are not geared to be general-duty members as street cops in densely populated communities. This is speculation based on opinion and not supported by facts.

The facts start with six months of training, which covers federal statutes, including drug enforcement as well as crime labs, which are essential knowledge to general duty members.

Training also involves provincial statues and bylaws and a host of other subjects and exams. At the end of training, only those selected will receive a posting.

After posting, the training then continues. Courses applicable to the particular job description are provided on a regular basis. With respect to duties as street cops, as mentioned by Eves, RCMP members in some large detachments perform the same duties as city police, including foot patrols and property checks at night.

Eves also states that the RCMP are not fine-tuned for community policing. Apparently, he is not aware that the RCMP replaced the provincial police in B.C. and Newfoundland in 1949. Since that time the RCMP have assumed police duties in the municipalities of Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond and Coquitlam. These municipalities are now cities and have grown immensely in the past 70 years with the RCMP growing and adapting with them, and obtaining 70 years of fine tuning.

Fine tuning is also enhanced by RCMP policy to have members obtain experience in different duties and investigations. As well, I have found that being transferred to different detachments provides a broader outlook and helps with development of individuals. I feel qualified to comment on these matters based on 35 years experience with various postings in the Vancouver area, including Burnaby and Surrey detachments, as well as eight years in Ottawa.

My true feeling is that I am not greatly concerned with Surrey RCMP converting to a city police force. But first, I think we should have some input from the citizens of Surrey.

Secondly, some of the obstacles to a change should be considered. Namely the continuity of ongoing investigations to many very serious crimes and the loss of criminal intelligence involving these files is a serious concern. Also the influx of new personnel to accommodate an 800-member police force will take considerable time to be implemented.

William Parrott, Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey killer foiled by cops’ suspicion he was underage in a bar

Birinderjeet Singh Bhangu was shot dead outside the Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel on Fraser Highway

Community invited to help with Downtown Surrey BIA’s fence art project

Association is hoping to change the ‘narrative’ for 135A Street with artwork

Blaine railway stop contingent on international support: All Aboard Washington

Non-profit organizers look to residents of Surrey, White Rock and North Whatcom County

Delta man charged after police surround Tsawwassen home

Troy Kevin Reimer, 52, is charged with one count of uttering or conveying a threat to cause death or bodily harm

Bureaucracy leaves Whalley Legion members thirsty

Legion’s new location needs liquor licence, despite being down street from former digs

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read

l -->