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City of Surrey releases plan for a new municipal police force

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The report projects the operating cost for the Surrey Police Department in 2021 to be $192.5 million, 10.9 per cent more than the current RCMP contract.

Mayor Doug McCallum with a prototype of a new Surrey Police vehicle after presenting his State Of The City address at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, BC., May 6, 2019. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

The city of Surrey has released its report on how it plans to transition from the RCMP to a municipal police force.

Mayor Doug McCallum made the creation of a local police force one of the centrepieces of his successful re-election campaign last November.

While MCallum has said he was hopeful to have a municipal police force in place by next year. the Surrey Police Transitioning Plan, which was submitted to B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth last month, projects April 1, 2021 as Surrey PD’s go-live date.

The report projects the operating cost for the Surrey Police Department in 2021 to be $192.5 million, 10.9 per cent more than the current RCMP contract. Surrey is projected to spend $173.6 million on the RCMP in 2021.

The report indicates that the implementation of the Surrey PD will take place over three separate City budget years: 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Between now and 2021, Surrey expects to pay $11.8 million to recruit and equip new staff, $7.6 milion on IT systems and facilities and $400,000 on vehicle transition.

The proposed Surrey PD operating model includes a staffing increase of five oer cent and consists of 1,150 employees: 805 police officers, 325 civilian positions, and 20 Community Safety Personne. Currently, the Surrey RCMP has an authorized strength of 843 RCMP members, but currently operate with 792 officers.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth will have to approve the plan to replace the Surrey RCMP,

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