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Sur­rey Board of Trade Se­lected for Stake­holder Con­sul­ta­tion to Cre­ate the Sur­rey Po­lice Eval­u­a­tion Frame­work

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The Sur­rey Board of Trade has been iden­ti­fied as a stake­holder re­lated to pub­lic safety by the Polic­ing and Se­cu­rity Branch of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Safety and So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral. The pur­pose is to help pro­vide in­put into a process to ex­am­ine mu­nic­i­pal re­quests to tran­si­tion their po­lice ser­vice model.

Given the com­plex­i­ties of the polic­ing en­vi­ron­ment in BC, it is es­sen­tial that a com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion frame­work be de­vel­oped to as­sess th­ese pro­pos­als and the im­pacts of such re­quests on polic­ing and pub­lic safety. To sup­port them in the devel­op­ment of the eval­u­a­tion frame­work, the Min­istry has com­mis­sioned Deloitte to lead stake­holder en­gage­ment meet­ings and en­sure an in­de­pen­dent and ob­jec­tive lens. Other stake­hold­ers are also be­ing con­sulted by the Prov­ince.

Some items that will be con­sid­ered are:

1. Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment con­sid­er­a­tions when eval­u­at­ing a re­quest to cre­ate a new Po­lice De­part­ment

2. De­gree of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion needed from a mu­nic­i­pal­ity and/or the Prov­ince prior to a de­ci­sion

3. Im­pacts/risks/gains to a po­lice tran­si­tion for the: a. busi­ness com­mu­nity b. eco­nomic vi­tal­ity c. fed­eral fund­ing for com­mu­nity safety pro­grams

On April 15, 2019, the Sur­rey Board of Trade met with

BC’S So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral and Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter, the Hon­ourable Mike Farn­worth, and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Vancouver Cab­i­net of­fice to dis­cuss Sur­rey’s polic­ing tran­si­tion.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade re­it­er­ated our po­si­tion in sup­port of keep­ing the Sur­rey RCMP, har­ness­ing ex­ist­ing re­sources, cre­at­ing a holis­tic model for pub­lic safety that not only in­cluded the RCMP but other sup­ports for youth, men­tal health, and more,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade main­tains the po­si­tion of keep­ing the RCMP in Sur­rey, in re­sponse to the re­lease of the City of Sur­rey Po­lice Re­port.”

The Sur­rey Board of Trade dis­cussed with Min­is­ter

Farn­worth ar­eas that in­cluded pub­lic en­gage­ment, cost im­pacts to busi­ness tax­pay­ers, pub­lic safety as it re­lates to busi­ness sus­tain­abil­ity and at­trac­tion, in­terim is­sues on tech­nol­ogy and train­ing.

“Af­ter speak­ing to Min­is­ter Farn­worth, it was made very clear to us that there will be a con­sid­ered and thought­ful pro­vin­cial process to eval­u­at­ing Sur­rey’s polic­ing plan.”

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