Does Surrey need more Mounties?
B.C.’s top RCMP officer thinks so.
The city’s new mayor and council does not, at least in 2019, as evidenced by its budget plan expected to be voted on Monday night.
“We’ve asked for about 160 personnel, I can tell you that we definitely have the metrics, the evidence and rationale behind that,” Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr told the Now-Leader on Monday afternoon, “as to be very well able to speak to the necessity of it, within this current municipal government those discussions have occurred.
“And we’re also aware that that may be problematic navigating into the future, which can pose challenges certainly in the service delivery.”
Watch the Now-Leader for more from a sit-down interview with Butterworth-Carr and Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett, officer in charge of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., as they discuss policing issues concerning Surrey and the province at large.