The Mayor of Surrey says she supports the national decision to drastically change the role of volunteer RCMP officers, also known as auxiliary constables.
Surrey has the largest contingent of auxiliary constables in Canada at 80.
They aren’t armed, but carry a baton and pepper spray, and usually do patrols.
But now, volunteer officers are no longer able to participate in ride-alongs with sworn officers, and their roles have been reduced to assisting community events.
Mayor Linda Hepner says she agrees there was a safety issue.
“The consensus was that they needed to be with somebody that was armed and it was dangerous otherwise, and I have no objection to that position.”
Meanwhile, Hepner says 83 of the 100 new officers promised for Surrey are on the ground.