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In general, numbers don’t lie.

From the figures we’re looking at in the second quarter Surrey RCMP statistics paint a pretty dangerous picture of this city.

Violent crime is up 34 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2014.

Even more frightening is attempted murder is up a whopping 600 per cent by the same comparison. Those numbers are driven by Newotn (up 900 per cent) and Whalley (up 300 per cent). The rest have remained static.

Remember, it’s in Whalley and Newton (primarily the latter) where an orgy of violence has unfolded since March, while two groups have been gunning for each other over lucrative dial-a-dope turf.  In all, there were more than 36 shootings since March 9 alone, half of which were the work of these gangsters.

Police don’t like to call them that, but let’s call it what it is. These young men (mostly in their 20s) are operating in a semi-organized fashion, firing live rounds at each other in a very public way.

I’m going with gangster.

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Doug McCallum announced this morning he’s running with four council candidates in his bid to regain the mayor’s chair.

They include Surrey Now newspaper editor Beau Simpson – who is on leave from the paper to run for council – lawyer Justin Thind, business owner Rina Gill and community advocate Laurie Guerra. (Information about the candidates can be found at

Even some of McCallum’s detractors say the news is big for him.

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For grins, I cobbled together policing strengths in Surrey for the past 30 years.
The exercise was quite revealing on a number of  counts.
Firstly, as I expected, the worst police to population ratio in those three decades was one cop per 911 people. It was under former Mayor Doug McCallum’s reign, and the poor policing strengths came on the heels of a federal shut-down of the RCMP training facility in Regina.
During two years before McCallum’s low ratio, we only got four cops per year. I was covering council at the time, I know the city was asking for more.
But Surrey wasn’t requesting enough to bring us to the national average of one officer in 700 people at the time. Our poor police strength made headlines.
In 2003, Coun. Dianne Watts, then Coun. Dianne Watts told The Surrey Leader if she could, she would hire 100 cops right away if she could.
She told me at the time McCallum wasn’t happy with his rogue councillor. Read more…


Interesting debate is forming around the notion that Surrey RCMP should have been notified that a man accused of killing a hockey mom here was found to be a risk of reoffending stemming from an assault five years ago.
Yosef Jomo Gopaul, 27, has been charged with the killing of hockey mom Julie Paskall on Dec. 29 last year. He remains not guilty of that offense unless proven otherwise in court.
It’s come to light this week that Gopaul was determined to be on the high end of medium risk of reoffending after attacking a woman in Brampton, Ontario.
Seems that might have been valuable information for police to have.
But Gopaul served his entire term for the assault in Ontario, and as such, was free to move about the country as he wished, without fear the Parole Board of Canada would send out relocation warnings to local police.
Surrey RCMP tell me this to be the case, and the Parole Board of Canada confirms it.
Some are now suggesting local police authorities should be warned when an offender at risk of reoffending relocates to their jurisdiction, whether they’ve served their full term or not.
Let’s forget for a moment the fact such a system wouldn’t likely stand up to Constitutional challenge.
What exactly would be the benefit?
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Courtesy of Boaz Joseph/The Surrey Leader

You can get a Surrey RCMP officer for 95 cents and a study suggests if you spend it, you’ll triple your return on that investment.
The 95-cents per officer is the financial impact annually for the owner of the average Surrey home worth $643,600.
It doesn’t seem like much, but when you’re dealing with an RCMP force the size of Surrey’s, those numbers start to add.
For instance, if the city were to commit to hire the 45 officers called for by Coun. Barinder Rasode, it would cost $42.75 per year.
Rasode is the mayoral candidate in waiting, a fact she’s only made public through the Surrey Leader.
Odds on favourite many people in Newton, where crime is skyrocketing, would be more than happy to spend that much.
It’s going to cost that same taxpayer $667.85 for the 703 members detachment this year (that’s after 30 more come in the fall).
For perspective, that’s 42 per cent of that taxpayer’s total annual property tax bill of $1,590.
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Photo credit: Evan Seal/The Surrey Leader

Seven years ago, this city vowed to maintain a police per population level equivalent to the national average, at the time, one officer per 700 people.

The promise was enshrined in the much-touted Crime Reduction Strategy, a lead item on page 11 of the document.

It stated that we need to keep policing at a “minimum of one officer per 700 residents or better.”

This city has fallen behind that promise.

In fact, Surrey would have to hire 45 officers right now to catch up to that cop-per-pop ratio.

Price tag: $6.75 million (this year, and every year following)

Is it necessary?

According to Terry Smith, who was the officer in charge of the Surrey detachment in 2001, not so much.

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Once again, Newton is the one of the most dangerous places in Surrey, and it’s getting worse, according to crime statistics obtained by Post Deadline on Sunday.

Half of the sex assaults in this city so far this year occurred in Newton, and people were almost as likely to be assaulted or robbed in that community as they were in Whalley, over the first three months of this year.

Surrey’s police committee will consider the first quarter crime statistics for Surrey on Monday morning.

Murders are way down in this city, dropping from 11 in the first three months of 2013 to just one in the first quarter of this year.

City-wide, the number of total criminal code offenses in the first quarter of this year were up 21 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

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Two woman have been found dead inside a home in north Surrey, have now been identified.

Kathleen Maximuik, 61, and her mother Anne Shouchuk, 81, were found dead in their 13665 111A Avenue home at about 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

The quiet, family neighbourhood was rocked Thursday when the bodies of the two women were found inside a Bolivar home.

A family member, believed to be a son, arrived at the 13665 111A home at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to find the pair dead in the home.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken custody of the investigation, and says they don’t believe there is a third party involved.

That suggests either a murder suicide, or a suicide pact.

More will be known after the coroner conducts an autopsy.

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