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Overwhelming Citizen Support for Surrey Police Department

Overwhelming Citizen Support for Surrey Police Department

June 24, 2019

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey 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 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.”

Attached are the results of the Citizen Consultation Survey.

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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Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca