“It’s very concerning for the city.”
That’s Surrey Councillor Barinder Rasode who says she’s shocked to learn only 36 uniformed general duty RCMP officers are on shift at any given time in the City.
Rasode says she received the numbers from the RCMP after making the request in May….
“I think it’s very concerning when we’re dealing with the issue of public safety that because we don’t have enough officers and enough officers aren’t roadable at a given time that it not only causes concern to community in terms of response times but also the safety of the officers and the workload of the officers.”
Sergeant Dale Carr has this response:
“We don’t normally talk about the numbers of officers we have on duty for the obvious reasons, public and officers’ safety issues but what we can tell you is we put enough officers on for first response on a regular basis and those numbers rise and lower through the week.”
Carr says there are many more police officers on duty in specialized units such as traffic or dog teams.
The three dozen represent general duty officers on beat or patrol.
Surrey has 673 officers in all.