Hundreds sign online petition to keep Surrey RCMP

Petitioners ask public safety minister to not endorse council’s decision to pull out of RCMP contract

In less than a day, a petition to keep the Surrey RCMP has hit its first goal.

Started late Friday (Nov. 9) by “W & B Mulligan & Asher,” the petition was initially looking for 200 signatures. By midday Saturday, the petition had reached 200 signatures and now has a goal of 1,000 which keeps growing.

By 2 p.m. Sunday, the petition had 781 supporters with dozens of people voicing their support for the Surrey RCMP and why the city shouldn’t move to a municipal force.

The petition is directed at B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. It “respectfully” requests the minister “not endorse the current Mayor and Council’s intention to terminate the RCMP contract in policing in this city.”

Following Surrey city council’s inauguration, council unanimously voted to pull out of the RCMP contract.

RELATED: Surrey’s top cop ‘disappointed’ after council votes to pull out of RCMP contract

The petitioners say they “believe that the RCMP have previously done, and continue to do, everything any police agency could reasonably expect to combat the current gang activity.”

“It is naive to think a different police force would have the ability to deter gang violence, and pointing the blame at the RCMP is akin to wilful blindness.”

On Friday, the same day the petition was created, there was a fatal shooting in Newton. Several hours after the shooting, Mayor Doug McCallum said the “latest incident of deadly gun violence further emphasizes the need for the City of Surrey to have its own city police force.”

The BC RCMP’s Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr responded, saying McCallum’s statements “risk undermining public trust and confidence in policing.”

In McCallum’s statement about Friday’s shooting, he also said he was encountering “resistance” at the provincial level and called for the premier to “remove any roadblocks.”

Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said the premier and the province is working with the City of Surrey as the city develops a plan to create its own police force.

Farnworth also said a new police for “isn’t created over the weekend,” adding the province is committed to working with the city as they move forward.

RELATED: McCallum says shooting emphasizes need for Surrey to have own police force

RELATED: B.C.’s commanding officer says Surrey mayor ‘undermining’ public trust, confidence in policing

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Girls, women try their hand at marine rescue in Surrey

Achieve Anything Foundation, RCMSAR Crescent Beach host ‘Operation: This IS You! Saving Lives at Sea’

White Rock cadets nab medals at Vernon competition

Thirteen members of 907 Squadron compete at regional meet

Surrey boy living with congenital heart disease to speak at local Tedx event

Mason Vander Ploeg will be speaking on saving the oceans

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Winds up to 70 km/hr expected across Metro Vancouver

Winds are expected to subside overnight

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Fraser Health warns some schools of possible COVID-19 exposure

A sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman in her 30s in the Fraser Health region who recently returned from Iran

High-risk sex offender cuts off ankle bracelet, on the loose in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police said Kirstjon Olson, 38, is a provincial sex offender with 27 court-ordered conditions

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read