Overwhelming citizen support for Surrey Police Department

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    Surrey: The City of Surrey has concluded its public engagement process for the planned transition to a Surrey Police Department. Over a five-week period, 23 public engagement events were held across Surrey’s six town centres.

    A total of 11,103 survey responses were received. The following are some of the key findings from the survey.

    • It’s time that Surrey had a police department that is locally led: 93% Strongly Agree/Agree
    • I want police officers to build their career in Surrey, so they know the community well: 98% Strongly Agree/Agree
    • I believe our police department should prioritize its efforts based on what is important to Surrey citizens: 98% Strongly Agree/Agree

    “The results of the survey responses speak volumes about the overwhelming support the citizens of Surrey have for the creation of a Surrey Police Department,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “It is clear to me that the people of Surrey are ready for the switch to a city police department and it is my desire to deliver on their wishes. I sincerely hope the Solicitor General can render his decision soon. We have a detailed plan in place, and we are ready and eager to start work on the formation of a Surrey Police Department.”

    The full report on the public-engagement process is being compiled by staff. When finalized, the full report will be forwarded to Council and the public in mid-July.