Are changes coming to the police response to the Whalley Strip in Surrey?
That was hinted at by the new Chief Superintendent of Surrey RCMP Dwayne McDonald who told CKNW’s Steele and Drex that an announcement would be coming soon.
“Without spilling the beans, I can say that in the coming days there will be an announcement addressing some of those issues.”
Those issues include homelessness, drug abuse, mental illness as well as a response from police that has seen officers often remove people from the strip, sometimes in the early morning hours.
Meanwhile, the chair of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, Robert Dominick says he’s heard the changes include larger police presence.
“Well I’ve heard that there’ll be an increase in foot patrols, and possibly bicycle patrols and I guess it’s going back to old fashioned policing of putting boots on the streets, so to speak, but in that area it’s probably very badly needed.”
But he says the change might be a good thing.
“Anything that improves the control, if you like, of the situation down there and relieves burdens on the businesses is very, very welcome.”
McDonald says the announcement will be made in the next few days, but offered no other details.
The strip runs along three-blocks of 135A Street in Surrey.