Surrey getting first wave of new Mounties, government says

SURREY — Canada’s minister of public safety says the deployment of the first 20 of 100 new RCMP officers promised to Surrey “is already underway.”

Steven Blaney announced this Thursday, during Question Period in Ottawa.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the deployment of the first 20 members committed to Surrey is underway and that boots are already on the ground,” Blaney said. “I have made it a priority to ensure that Surrey would received the RCMP members that they had requested.”

Blaney did not say when the other 80 will arrive, however.

“No one should ever be afraid for their personal safety, or the safety of their families, when walking down a street in this country,” Blaney said. “That is why we announced last month that 100 additional RCMP members would be deployed to Surrey to help fight against the growing concern of gang-related violence.”

Nina Grewal, Conservative MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, said the other 80 officers “will soon follow.”

“Our government will not stand by and allow our citizens to live in fear,” Grewal said. “The new RCMP officers will help to counter the gang violence plaguing our community and help to ensure that these criminals will soon be behind bars.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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