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.