SURREY had better keep the RCMP!
Because with the selection of former Mountie Norm Lipinski, 65, who is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of Delta Police, as the head of the new Surrey Police Service, it is – as the famous English rock band The Who sang in their hit song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – “Meet the new [police] boss, same as the old [police] boss”!
The official announcement is expected to be made on Friday.
The selection just does NOT make any sense and is a poor reflection on the quality of members of the Surrey Police Board who just don’t seem to understand why the City needed a new force.
The significant South Asian population will be badly impacted by this decision and will not cooperate.
It is better to end this farce NOW rather than drag it with horrific consequences to the City of Surrey’s crime scene – not to mention its financial costs that won’t be worth it.
It will be better to employ 100 new RCMP officers from diverse backgrounds with some connection to Surrey.
According to the Delta Police website, Lipinski “served with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) before leaving at the rank of Deputy Chief and accepting a position as Assistant Commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He was the District Officer in the LMD and the Criminal Operations Officer in E-Division for five years.”