As she looks to stop a streak of shootings in Surrey, the city’s mayor says the cost of new RCMP officers is inconsequential.
Linda Hepner tackled the “elephant in the room” in her first State of the City speech.
She says while statistics could show Surrey is a safe place, if people don’t feel safe then that’s all that matters.
“I think we’ve made some good progress because I think that first of all, that elephant in the room relative to the crime and the shootings, we’ve already seen five arrests. We know that tree have gone to crown counsel and have been accepted. So we know we are making some progress there.”
Hepner says the 100 new Mounties approved by Ottawa will be on the job within the year.
“It’s actually a pretty specific time line. The contract requires them once the feds have approved to be within 12 months, but we have different levels, so we may get some transfers in, we may get some promotions.”
As for the cost to taxpayers….
“It’s a significant burden on any city, but it is a necessary thing, we have fallen behind, so whatever it costs to keep our city safe, that would be my intention to make sure it happens.”
Hepner says the city is also tackling the crime issue by hiring a public safety director, holding forums, and using its own bylaw officers.