Statement from Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards


2023-04-24 09:02 PDT

The Joint RCMP/SPS HR Plan, which includes SPS deployments, is overseen by the Surrey Policing Trilateral Transition Committee (SPTTC), which includes representation from the City of Surrey, Province of BC and Government of Canada.

A decision from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on the future of policing in Surrey is anticipated in the very near future, which will guide next steps in regards to staffing. Surrey RCMP is currently fully staffed, with approximately 186 SPS officers deployed alongside RCMP officers.

We continue to work closely with all our partners, including the Integrated Teams and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police to address the recent incidents on Transit, including joint patrols of transit hubs.

Public safety has been our primary focus throughout the transition and remains our top priority. RCMP and SPS officers continue to work side by side, responding to calls and serving the community.

Through collective efforts, violent crime decreased in 2022 and is down 14% so far in 2023. Claims to the contrary is a blatant attempt to generate public fear, and disrespectful to all those impacted by the incidents, the judicial processes underway, and all officers working in Surrey.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards, Officer in Charge, Surrey RCMP

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