What happened to the hiring of more Surrey RCMP Officers?
|globalnews.ca 14 Sep 2018 at 05:27|
A candidate running for mayor of Surrey in the upcoming municipal election says he wants to know what happened to outgoing mayor Linda Hepner’s promise to look at hiring more police officers.
Back in June, Linda Hepner pledged to “very seriously” consider adding more RCMP officers to the force.
Those comments came in the wake of Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge (OIC) Dwayne McDonald saying he needed a “significant” number of additional officers.
However, since then both the July and September meetings of Surrey’s Public Safety Committee have been cancelled.
Mayor Hepner chairs those meetings, and according to her office she cancelled the meetings so as no to “tie the hands” of the soon-to-be elected new council with any decisions.
But it’s at those meetings that McDonald was to make his pitch for more officers.
Surrey councillor and mayoral candidate Bruce Hayne said he feels like it was a stalling tactic.
“Honestly I think it’s political that he not be asked for those specific numbers in public before an election quite frankly,” Hayne said.
“That’s when our OIC was to present us with his request for more officers. We haven’t got that yet.”