Surrey City Council will discuss the future of its police force on Monday
New Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke wants to end the transition to a municipal police force and resume a contract with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Monday afternoon, the Surrey's new city council must decide on the future of its police force. A report commissioned from its officials takes stock of the situation and presents the steps to follow to continue the transition to a municipal police force or, as the majority of the municipal council would like, to end it and return to the service of the police. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
This report clearly lists the many obstacles to overcome to end the transition, including negotiations with the RCMP, consultations with First Nations, permissions to obtain from the province, equipment to reallocate, contracts and agreements to cancel. as well as consultations to be conducted with unions representing police officers and civilian employees of the municipal police force.
The report stresses that, to continue with the transition, simply follow the plan already in place.
Surrey City Council is due to discuss the report in a closed meeting closed late afternoon.
Surrey's new mayor, Brenda Locke, said members of her new municipal police force will be able to find a place with the RCMP when the city resumes its contract with them. However, the police officers concerned will not necessarily obtain a horizontal career path or a desired position.
When she left her position with the Vancouver police to join the new Surrey police force, Novi Jette knew she was taking a risk, but a calculated risk, since she had been well informed before making her decision.
< p class="e-p">So she left a position she had held for 23 years for a new position and a new rank within what was then Surrey's fledgling police force. She had the ambition to help build the latter from its conception as head of human resources.
Novi Jette has left Vancouver Police to join the new Surrey Police. She claims that the end of this police force would also be the end of her career.
Now that the future of the municipal police is threatened, since the majority of the new council wants to end ongoing transition to replace Surrey RCMP, Novi Jette says her career as a police officer is on the line.
I will be very disappointed if the transition is cancelled, she said. There is no question of me going back to work for the Vancouver police, it would be the end of my career.
The Mayor of Surrey has said that the officers already recruited by the police force may relocate elsewhere, such as the RCMP.
Last Thursday, the union that represents Surrey police officers said 275 of its 293 members had signed a pledge saying that x27; they would not join the RCMP if the municipal force was eliminated.
It's because, as Surrey Police spokesman Ian Macdonald said in October, switching police forces isn't easy.
As an example, the Vancouver police are hiring new officers, but only at the entry level. Surrey's most senior police officers may therefore have to accept a demotion, as Ian Macdonald explained.
They end up with a lower salary, a lower rank and possibly in a position outside your area of expertise, he said.
You also have to think about training, according to Ian Macdonald. The RCMP has a program that recognizes the expertise of those who have at least two years of experience with another police force. However, recruits will have to start from scratch and go to the RCMP Academy in Regina, despite their year-long training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
With information from La Presse canadienne