Federal Public Safety Minister Blaney has backtracked on the number of new RCMP officers that are in Surrey of the 100 that have been promised to help Surrey fight crime.
See if you can follow the numbers.
He said today 33 officers have arrived in Surrey since April.
But they are not part of the 100 new RCMP officers promised to Surrey by the Harper government.
Of those, six Mounties are on the ground right now, with another 12 coming.
“They are coming as soon as they are graduating from Depot. Every time there is a cohort of cadet graduating from Depot – a bunch – a given number is sent here in Surrey because it is a priority.”
These latest numbers fly in the face of what Blaney claimed a month ago.
In June, he said 20 of the 100 new Mounties were requested had arrived and were “boots on the ground” working in Surrey.
That appears to have been wrong.
Blaney’s office has refused to provide any specific timeline for when those officers will arrive in Surrey despite repeated questions from CKNW.
His office wouldn’t even confirm if the mayor of Surrey, Linda Hepner, was right or wrong in saying the new officers under contract must arrive in Surrey within 12 months.
Yesterday the Surrey RCMP detachment told CKNW it will no longer talk to the question of how many new Mounties have arrived until all 100 are on the ground.
Also in June the City of Surrey confirmed to CKNW it has received none of the promised 100 new officers and the detachment had the same staffing level in June as it had to start the year.
You can read our story from June 18th about no new Mounties in Surrey HERE