More cops not possible

Hiring 95 more Mounties by 2015 sounds good, but RCMP’s depot can’t supply that many.

I read with interest the recent front page article on how the newly formed “Safe Surrey Coalition” is going  fix the police service in our city.

The mere fact that we have to name a slate group “Safe Surrey Coalition” says it all. After two decades of promises we are still playing catch-up and there are neighbourhoods in our city where residents do not feel safe. If you do not feel safe in your own community, nothing else matters.

Once again Doug McCallum is promising better police service for our city. At one point in his former term in office we had a ratio of one cop to more than 900 in population in this city. The question begs to be answered, why did he not hire the officers needed to serve our city when he was our mayor?

He states that his   new  “Safe Surrey Coalition” team will double the number of officers on patrol and accelerate the hiring of 95 more officers by 2015. Sounds good on paper, but I am told it is unsustainable. RCMP training Depot in Regina cannot supply us with that many officers in that time frame.

The same old promises and the same old song.

 

Darlene Bowyer

Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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

Just Posted

Claiming she has COVID-19, stranger coughs in Cloverdale woman’s face

Clayton Heights woman will now self-isolate for the next two weeks

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

APRIL 2: Special-needs families ‘in crisis mode,’ stay-home message to be amplified

Quarantined Surrey mom say pandemic has put special-needs families in ‘crisis mode’

Cloverdale’s Christine Williamson shares her family’s challenges, strengths

Police watchdog finds cops blameless for deaths in 2019 Surrey hostage-taking

Woman was killed as ERT officers fired on man holding a knife to her throat and ‘what appeared to be’ a gun in his hand

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

COVID-19 has been impacting Canadian economy since January

But full effects of pandemic won’t be known for months

Doctors trained abroad want to join front lines of COVID-19 fight in Canada

B.C. is looking to allow internationally trained doctors to work under the supervision of attending physicians

Fake test kits and other COVID online scams play on public anxiety: fraud centre

Vancouver has seen a spike in commercial property crimes, with offices and stores empty because of COVID-19

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Feds amplify stay-home message as cost of financial aid to Canadians mounts

Liberals have unveiled around $200B in direct financial aid and tax deferrals

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

World COVID-19 update: Six million U.S. jobless claims; Russia sends medical aid to U.S.

Comprehensive update with COVID-19 news from around the world

Most Read