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Asst. Commr. Dwayne McDonald, officer-in-charge of Surrey RCMP, will head up the RCMP’s criminal operations unit, overseeing federal investigations and organized crime in B.C.

Asst. Commr. Dwayne McDonald will leave the Surrey RCMP to head up the RCMP’s criminal operations unit, overseeing federal investigations and organized crime in B.C. Gerry Kahrmann / PNG

Surrey’s top cop is leaving for a new role with the provincial RCMP.

Asst. Commr. Dwayne McDonald, officer-in-charge of Surrey RCMP, will head up the RCMP’s criminal operations unit, overseeing federal investigations and organized crime in B.C. The role was recently vacated by Asst. Commr. Kevin Hackett.

In his new role, McDonald will continue to work alongside the Surrey RCMP and other communities across British Columbia to investigate financial and cyber crime, money laundering, national security, major crime and gangs.

“While I look forward to taking on this challenging and exciting new portfolio, I must admit this was not an easy decision for me to make,” said McDonald in a statement. “My past three years as the officer in charge of Surrey detachment have been the most interesting and engaging in my career.”


Surrey, BC: FEBRUARY 01, 2018 — Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald was on hand to unveil a forfeited Range Rover SUV that police will have at their disposal to fight gang crime in Surrey, at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Jason Payne / PNG

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Surrey’s policing has been a hot topic in recent months, with Mayor Doug McCallum promising to bring in a municipal police force to replace the RCMP, citing increased gang activity in Surrey.

In his statement, McDonald assured citizens and the RCMP team that his departure was not indicative of what’s to come in Surrey’s policing transition plan.

“As it stands right now, the city of Surrey’s contract for RCMP policing services has not been terminated,” his statement read.

“The province of B.C. has put in place a robust and objective process to study the city of Surrey’s proposal for a municipal police force, and I am confident that their decision on this matter will be fully informed.”

Deputy Comm. Jennifer Strachan with the B.C. RCMP maintained a replacement was being actively sought to fill McDonald’s role and that there would be minimal disruption to the force and community members.

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