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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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Surrey First must select three candidates for council seats.

Linda Hepner tells me they have 20 people lined up for those spots. She also tells me none of them have run for council before.

I’ve heard some of the buzz, as I’m sure many of you have.

Here’s your chance to chime in with who you think will be running with them.

Who would you love to see run with them?

Place your ideas in the comments section below. (Sorry, you have to register once to post comments)

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Winning the mayor’s chair will be a challenge, however, it may pale in comparison to governing afterward.
There are two people we know of that have publicly stated their wish to be mayor of Surrey – Coun. Barinder Rasode and local realtor and businessman Vikram Bajwa.
There are also three people considering a run with Surrey First: Couns. Linda Hepner, Tom Gill and Bruce Hayne. In the next two weeks, seven Surrey First members will meet and six will vote on their candidate for mayor. (Outgoing Mayor Dianne Watts said she will absent herself from the vote).
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I just got off the phone with a well-moneyed political organizer who wants to see Doug McCallum running for mayor this fall.
McCallum told The Leader last year he had no interest running for council, but I’m told he’s working the campaign trail.
It comes now, that some in this city want to see him run for mayor.
The abiding question is, could he win?
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While she leads the pack in overall name recognition, Coun. Barinder Rasode isn’t doing so well with the younger voters.
Rasode is tied with Coun. Linda Hepner, who both share a 28 per cent name recognition, according to an Insights West poll conducted in March and released this week.
The poll was conducted before Mayor Dianne Watts announced Saturday that she wouldn’t run for mayor this fall.
The councillors tested in the poll, including Barinder Rasode, Tom Gill, Linda Hepner and Bruce Hayne are widely believed to be interested in the position as mayor.
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In politics, the old yarn goes, it’s all about name recognition. A variant of that truism, is there’s no such thing as bad publicity (unless its in your own obituary).

With those things in mind, Surrey First Couns. Linda Hepner and Tom Gill will have some talking to do as the civic slate chooses who will be the group’s next mayoral candidate.

(Mayor Dianne Watts said Saturday she would not run in the upcoming election, meaning her coalition must pick a new leader.)

The two councillors  are in a virtual dead heat for name recognition, according to a poll released this week.

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Soon, six people with Surrey First will sit down and select the group’s next mayoral candidate.

And as of Sunday night, the votes appeared to be swinging toward Coun. Linda Hepner, who has been checking the community for mayoral support for some months.

As of Sunday, three people were interested in the top job, including Couns. Bruce Hayne and Tom Gill as well as Hepner.

As per the Surrey First constitution, only the elected members of the “coalition of independents” will choose the team.

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