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Surrey Policing Transition

Mayor McCallum and Council being sworn in at Inauguration Ceremony.

The City of Surrey will transition from the Surrey RCMP to a municipal police service. There will be a two year transition period.

The Police Act (1996) notes that municipalities with a population of more than 5,000 have the option of

  • establishing an independent municipal police department or
  • contracting with the province for the RCMP to provide policing services.

The Motion to establish a Surrey Police Department was presented to Council on November 5, 2018. There was unanimous endorsement of this motion.

Transition Period

The Municipal Police Unit Agreement (2012) states that two years is required for the transition. The City anticipates that is how long the process will take. Work has already begun since the inauguration of council in November. The Mayor has notified the Federal Minister of Public Safety and the Provincial Minster of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

The City is working with senior staff at the Solicitor General’s office to ensure the plan provided is in keeping with their needs, and Surrey’s needs. The City is developing a comprehensive plan that provides for enhanced community safety.

Key aspects of a municipal force include the development of a police board that allows for direct oversite of the Surrey Police and the ability to deploy resources as needed. The Mayor sits as a member of the board.

General Manager Policing Transition Appointed

On November 13, 2018 Terry Waterhouse was appointed as the General Manager Policing Transition. He will lead the transition process. Mr. Waterhouse has extensive experience in the criminal justice system. His most recent position as General Manager of Public Safety, ensure he is well suited to lead the transition planning. A transition team will be built comprised of staff and external stakeholders. This will help ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach.