SURREY â€” Canadaâ€™s minister of public safety says the deployment of the first 20 of 100 new RCMP officers promised to Surrey â€œis already underway.â€
Steven Blaney announced this Thursday, during Question Period in Ottawa.
â€œToday, 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,â€ Blaney said. â€œI have made it a priority to ensure that Surrey would received the RCMP members that they had requested.â€
Blaney did not say when the other 80 will arrive, however.
â€œNo one should ever be afraid for their personal safety, or the safety of their families, when walking down a street in this country,â€ Blaney said. â€œThat 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.â€
Nina Grewal, Conservative MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, said the other 80 officers â€œwill soon follow.â€
â€œOur government will not stand by and allow our citizens to live in fear,â€ Grewal said. â€œThe 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.â€