Confusion reigns over a claim last week by federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney that 20 out of a promised 100 new RCMP officers have arrived in Surrey.
The City of Surrey confirms no new RCMP officers have arrived in the past few months, saying the 20 new Mounties referred to by Blaney “cannot be accounted for.”
Says Surrey MP Jinny Sims: “Seven hundred and three were there two months and 703 were there as of yesterday. This is not acceptable.”
In the House of Commons, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Safety Roxanne James repeated the claim those 20 new Mounties are in fact in Surrey .
“We were pleased to confirm and re-confirm that the deployment of the first twenty members committed to Surrey is underway and there are boots already on the ground.”
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the number of RCMP officers in her city detachment has not changed.
“When I made an inquiry of my officer in charge of our numbers, he tells me there are certainly some transfers, and promotions, and new recruits but right now my number is at 703,” she says.”
“You would have to ask [Blaney] his assessment of that number. I know that we have had 30 plus new officers added to our RCMP detachment since March. That is separate from the 100 new officers that have recently been approved over the next 12 months. In terms of any other clarification, you would have to go to the minister.”
CKNW has asked Blaney’s office for comment, but was referred to Surrey RCMP.