If staff recommendations in the city budget are adopted. Surrey will be getting a dozen new RCMP officers next year. It’s four officers less than the city had planned for in it’s 2016-2020 five-year capital plan.
Surrey Coun. Tom Gill said Monday the reason the city has shaved that planned increase from 16 to 12 is that the city is hiring an additional four bylaw officers.
The city will be moving to having bylaw officers in a more proactive role, attending calls that could prevent the requirement for a police officer in future.
“Having the bylaw officers there prior to when someone calls 911 is a benefit,” Gill said. “And I think you’d likely see that kind of strategy roll out in the future.”
The city’s finance committee was scheduled to consider next year’s operating budget and the 2017-2021 financial plan on Monday afternoon.
Staff are recommending the hiring of 12 new RCMP officers, in 2017.
It will bring the force up to 831 officers, as Surrey continues to be the largest RCMP detachment in the country, a force larger than some entire divisions in Canada.