Today, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) published a provincial update on the Surrey policing transition today after a request for information. They found that there are several impacts caused by the Surrey Police Service (SPS) transition that must be considered, which would have local, regional, and provincial repercussions.
“From the very beginning we have said to the BC Government on both sides of the house that the police transition in Surrey will have budget and safety impacts to other BC communities, in addition to cost impacts to both residents and businesses,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We understand that the City of Surrey will need to pay the Municipal Police Unit Agreement (MPUA) and the SPS until a time where the SPS is fully operational, which is likely in late 2023.
“Additionally, the City of Surrey will need to contribute to the cost of training recruits to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) as soon as the SPS sends these recruits to the JIBC. These higher costs are going to be added to the already bloated cost of this unprecedented transition. We are still unsure of the real financial impact.”
Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org