SURREY Mayor Dough McCallum, who is also Chair of Surrey Police Board, on Monday said in statement: “The residents of Surrey deserve better than the constant barrage of misinformation and divisive language being proliferated by the National Police Federation and Keep the RCMP in Surrey. These groups are using unethical tactics, publicity stunts and racist elements in an attempt to derail and politicize the City of Surrey’s provincially approved transition to a progressive and modern municipal police service.
“Contrary to the NPF’s claims, the Surrey Police Board will be presenting a police service budget to the Surrey City Council by November 30, in accordance with legislated requirements. Importantly, the SPS financial framework is separate and distinct from the City’s police transition budget, and is overseen by the provincially-appointed, citizen-led Surrey Police Board. The Board is only responsible for the development of the SPS budget and will table budgets as per legislation. The information contained in those budgets needs to be ratified by City Council before being made public, as with any other local government budgetary process.”
McCallum pointed out: “The residents of Surrey want the transition to the Surrey Police Service to be about public safety and trust, not politics.”