Surrey Gang Enforcement Team street check. (RCMP photo)

Surrey election

Surrey’s Integrity Now slate says it would hire 160 more cops if elected

That’s 35 more than what Surrey First promised less than two weeks ago

I’ll see your 125 new cops, and raise you 160.

Surrey Integrity Now, and its mayoral candidate Bruce Hayne, released its public safety strategy on Monday, heading into the Oct. 20 city elections, with a promise to hire 160 more Mounties over the next four years — that’s 40 per year — if the slate is elected into government.

Surrey First, and its mayoral candidate Tom Gill, released the second part of its crime platform on Sept. 20 saying that if elected they would hire 125 more police officers, at a cost of $160,000 per officer, over the next five years. Currently the Surrey RCMP has 835 Mounties.

“Public safety is a complex and important issue in our community and we need to approach it in a comprehensive way,” Hayne said. “We commit to work closely with the community, our school district, the RCMP, and senior levels of government to effect real and positive change.”

READ ALSO OUR VIEW: Political ideas are fair game

READ ALSO: Proudly Surrey reveals crime-fighting platform

READ ALSO: Surrey First promising free access to pools, rinks and gyms for Surrey youth

READ ALSO: Gill says he’s ‘prepared’ to make handguns ‘biggest’ issue in Surrey civic election

ELECTION QUESTIONS: Is Surrey safer than it was four years ago?

READ ALSO: Does Surrey need its own police force?

The Integrity Now platform calls for the immediate appointment of a Surrey police board “with citizen representation” to replace the public safety committee made up of mayor and council. It also says it would “enhance” programs “aimed at giving Surrey youth quality indoor and outdoor programming options in every neighbourhood” in Surrey and build a “youth recreation hub” in Newton, as well as hire more bylaw officers.

Moreover, if elected Integrity Now promises to “advocate for significant prison terms” for gang activity and illegal gun possession, work with the federal government to enhance border security “to reduce illegal firearms and drugs from reaching our streets, ensure there is a full-time school liaison officer in every Surrey high school, set up security surveillance cameras near schools “to enhance public safety,” enhance community block watch programs and the RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program and “speed up demolition permits for vacant houses slated for redevelopment.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP seeking help to find man missing since Nov. 7

Hyung ‘John’ Lee was last seen in the 13300-block of Old Yale Road

Pair of proposed Guildford highrises coming to public hearing Monday

City of Surrey received 229-signature petition opposing the plan

‘Stuff the Sleigh’ event aims to collect 5,000 Christmas toys for Surrey children

The Surrey Central Lions Club event will support the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Surrey kidnapping suspect still at large

Meaz Nour-Eldin is wanted in a 15-month-old Surrey kidnapping and assault case

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

Paul Bissonnette joins Vancouver Warriors after tweeting he could walk on to an NLL club

Bissonnette will join the Warriors for their final week of training camp at Rogers Arena

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Body found after SUV found fully engulfed in flames in Abbotsford field

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team have been called in

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

Most Read