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Public Safety Service Review Outcomes

October 14, 2014

Public Safety Service Review Outcomes

More RCMP Officers added, High Risk Location Initiative results in over 500 arrests and more than 110 problem recovery homes shut down

Surrey, BC - Mayor Dianne Watts and members of the City’s Police Committee have endorsed a recommendation to add another 47 new RCMP officers to the Surrey Detachment.  This is in addition to the 95 RCMP Officers and 20 Community Safety Patrol personnel that were approved in April. The additional officers will complement the tiered policing model that has been adopted in Surrey which consists of:

  • 815 – RCMP Officers
  • 260 – Support Staff (crime analysts etc.)
  • 100 – Auxiliary Constables
  • 20 -  Community Policing Foot Patrols
  • Almost 1200 people supporting policing in Surrey

“Public Safety remains my top priority and the step taken today to increase the ranks of our RCMP officers sends a strong message of my commitment to effect a long term and permanent change in crime reduction in Surrey,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The call for additional officers is backed up by the results of two independent research projects, which examined the service delivery model and how to deploy additional resources for maximum proactive coverage in a growing city like Surrey.

"I firmly believe in the importance of making evidence-based decisions for policing in Surrey. The two research reports that have been shared today examined different aspects of our service delivery model and have provided us with qualitative and quantitative evidence that supports an increase to our front-line resources," says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy. "As was recognized in Dr. Cohen's report, we are a detachment of dedicated and committed employees and an increase in our ability to both enforce and prevent crime in Surrey will only further enhance public safety."

Updated at today’s Police Committee meeting were the latest results of the High Risk Location (HRL) Initiative. Launched last November, the goal of the HRL Initiative is to maximize the impact of enforcement at identified high risk locations in the City. The HRL Initiative saw the Surrey RCMP work in partnership with Surrey Fire Services and Surrey By-Law Enforcement.

To date the High Risk Location Initiative has resulted in:

  • 545 arrests made
  • 28 search warrants executed
  • 11 locations demolished or awaiting demolition
  • 243 unregulated recovery homes inspected
  • 114 problem unregulated recovery homes no longer operating
  • 29 problem unregulated recovery homes pending enforcement action

Surrey By-law Enforcement also released its delivery statistics at today’s meeting. This is the first progress report since By-law Enforcement shifted to a 7 day a week operational model.

  • 4500 additional investigations generated compared to the previous year (as of Sept. 30, 2014)
  • 80% of the files assigned concluded within 30 days of receiving the complaint
  • 205 investigations addressed on weekends since implementation of the 7 day a week model.
  • 95% voluntary compliance rate
  • 170 secondary suite penalties have been issued.



For media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey

Cpl. Bert Paquet
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776