Bruce Hayne and the In­tegrity Now team re­leases polic­ing strat­egy for the city

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Sur­rey: May­oralty can­di­date Bruce Hayne and the In­tegrity Now team re­leased their com­mit­ment for a polic­ing strat­egy for the city.

The plan in­cludes a com­mit­ment to:

• Im­me­di­ately cre­ate a trans­par­ent, ap­pointed Sur­rey Po­lice Board with cit­i­zen rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­plac­ing the cur­rent Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee which is com­prised of only Mayor and Coun­cil

• En­hance youth and com­mu­nity pro­grams aimed at giv­ing Sur­rey youth qual­ity in­door and out­door pro­gram­ming op­tions in every neigh­bour­hood in Sur­rey. In­tegrity Now com­mits to build­ing a youth recre­ation hub in New­ton, a com­mu­nity vastly un­der­served with civic fa­cil­i­ties, in par­tic­u­lar in­door recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties

• De­velop a new work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Sur­rey RCMP in­clud­ing hir­ing 40 ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers per year over the next four years for a to­tal of 160 of­fi­cers in this term

• Hire more Bylaw En­force­ment of­fi­cers in or­der to more rapidly ad­dress cit­i­zen com­plaints rel­a­tive to safety is­sues

• Ad­vo­cate for sig­nif­i­cant prison terms for pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal hand­guns and gang ac­tiv­ity

• Work with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to en­hance bor­der se­cu­rity at land cross­ings and ship­ping ports to re­duce il­le­gal firearms and drugs from reach­ing our streets

• Work with the RCMP and School Dis­trict 36 to en­sure there is a full time school li­ai­son of­fi­cer in every high school in Sur­rey

• Work in with the School Dis­trict to place se­cu­rity cam­eras in the vicin­ity of schools to en­hance pub­lic safety

• Work in part­ner­ship with the School Dis­trict to sup­port and en­hance after school pro­grams de­liv­ered at the schools to al­low chil­dren and youth to stay ac­tive and safe on school prop­erty in the crit­i­cal after school hours be­fore din­ner

• En­hance sup­port for our com­mu­nity block watch pro­grams through­out the city

• Sup­port en­hanc­ing the RCMP Aux­il­iary Con­sta­ble Pro­gram, which has been cut in re­cent years

• Work with City staff and the de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity to en­cour­age and speed up de­mo­li­tion per­mits for va­cant houses slated for re­de­vel­op­ment “Pub­lic safety is a com­plex and im­por­tant is­sue in our com­mu­nity and we need to ap­proach it in a com­pre­hen­sive way,” says Hayne. “We com­mit to work closely with the com­mu­nity, our school dis­trict, the RCMP, and senior lev­els of gov­ern­ment to ef­fect real and pos­i­tive change.”

The In­tegrity Now team in­cludes 43 year RCMP of­fi­cer, now re­tired, Dave Woods. Woods, who spent the last 15 years of his ca­reer in the Sur­rey de­tach­ment of the RCMP, is cur­rently a re­spected City of Sur­rey Coun­cil­lor. “Polic­ing needs a sus­tained ef­fort and the Sur­rey RCMP need more re­sources to do the job they have to do in our city. This is an im­por­tant time for Sur­rey, and the cor­rect ap­proach to how we move for­ward with polic­ing is a big part of that,” says Woods. “I be­lieve we, as the peo­ple of Sur­rey, can ad­dress crime to­gether.”

An­other In­tegrity Now can­di­date for city coun­cil, John Gibeau, who has worked as both a mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cer and an RCMP of­fi­cer, and agrees with Coun­cil­lor Woods on the need to “get it right”. “Our ap­proach to polic­ing in Sur­rey is go­ing to set the course for the city our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will in­herit. In­tegrity Now’s ap­proach of thought­ful and smart ini­tia­tives that in­volve the com­mu­nity in a trans­par­ent way is ab­so­lutely the right ap­proach, it’s re­fresh­ing to see and it makes me proud to be a part of this team.”

Bruce Hayne

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