Surrey’s new city council has voted unanimously to end its contract with RCMP and create its own municipal police force.
Mayor Doug McCallum, who campaigned on a promise to do so, put forward the motion at the council’s first meeting. It passed with support from all nine members of council.
The City’s contract with the RCMP runs until 2032, but can be terminated by either party so long as two years notice is given.
Dr. Rick Parent from the School of Criminology at SFU said that while RCMP provides good value for the price they charge, some local cities with their own municipal forces report high satisfaction with their policing services.