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Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum - SPD Lack of Progress

Surrey continues to face serious law and order incidents where the criminals are becoming bolder in where and when the carry out their violent crimes. Our citizens are frustrated and, rightfully, fearful. Saturday’s shooting happened in broad daylight, at a gas station with shops nearby. I am thankful that innocent bystanders were not hurt in this latest shooting. The situation appears to be getting worse with each incident, as the gangs are so embolden that they don’t think twice about opening fire in daylight, in public areas or near schools. The continued gun violence has created a sense of unease throughout the city.

With the province giving us the green light to establish our own Surrey Police Department, the community believes now, more than ever, that we need to work as quickly as possible to get SPD officers out on the streets. The lack of progress to date is disappointing and is unfortunately due to bureaucratic red tape. The community has made it clear to me that there is a sense of urgency and they want meaningful work to get underway immediately to bring Surrey Police to fruition. We owe it to the people of Surrey to make this transition as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Doug McCallum
Mayor
City of Surrey

 

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Media inquiries:

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