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New RCMP Agreement for Surrey

Two Surrey RCMP officers standing next to each other.

April 02, 2012

Surrey – Surrey City Council will vote on a new Municipal Police Unit Agreement (MPUA) with the Provincial Government at tonight’s City Council meeting.

This new agreement provides for the RCMP to continue to deliver services for the City of Surrey from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2032, and contains a 2-year “opt out” provision and an enhanced review process.

“Surrey has the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and we’re very satisfied with the quality of service our community receives,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The new contract will bring on-going stability to the delivery of our local police services. It will provide more accountability and cost containment measures, as well as enhance opportunities to partner with other RCMP jurisdictions in the implementation of our Crime Reduction Strategy.”

The Surrey RCMP Detachment currently includes 661 RCMP members and approximately 250 support staff.

Under the new agreement, the federal government is responsible to pay for 10 per cent of the costs of the RCMP members in the Surrey detachment. The City remains responsible for 90 per cent of officer costs, and for providing support staff, office space and equipment to assist the work of the detachment.

Other highlights of the new agreement include:

  • The Province is establishing a new Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) to ensure new costs are not added to the contract without justification and that issues can be resolved in an expedient manner
  • An enhanced 5-year major review process is included to allow amendments to the contract on a regular basis
  • Operational effectiveness reviews can be requested by Surrey to confirm that services are providing value for money
  • Surrey has the right to be involved in the selection of the local Detachment Commander
  • The Detachment Commander is to provide to Surrey in a timely way a report on any complaint(s) made against any RCMP member in the local detachment
  • Any request by Surrey for an increase or decrease in the number of members in the local detachment is to be satisfied within one year of the request being submitted
  • Financial implications and staffing processes related to the federal or provincial government redeploying local detachment RCMP members for special events outside of the local jurisdiction are clarified with appropriate provisions for cost recovery
  • The RCMP are responsible for providing annually a 5-year financial plan to Surrey for the purposes of supporting long term financial planning by the City

“We believe the new contract better reflects the need for cooperation and transparency when dealing with the multi-jurisdictional nature of providing effective police services. We’re pleased the Province will be establishing a contract management committee to ensure there is on-going dialogue between the federal, provincial and local governments, and that we will be consulted when new costs are being proposed,” says Mayor Watts, who has been appointed as a lower mainland representative on the committee.

Currently, Surrey’s annual costs for RCMP services amount to approximately $101 million. Although provisions in the new agreement will result in a cost increase of 1.6 per cent over the next 3 years, these increases will be offset to a significant extent by other changes that are currently being reviewed by the Province in relation to the cost-sharing of the RCMP’s lower mainland integrated teams, which are funded in part by the City of Surrey.

The new MPUA agreement is based on the terms and conditions of the new Federal-Provincial Police Services Agreement, which was signed between the Federal and the Provincial governments in March.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor