CBC NEWS – ‘Let’s go ahead with a referendum’: RCMP union boss calls for vote on Surrey policing

The union that represents 20,000 RCMP officers across the country says if Surrey’s mayor wants to create a municipal police force, there should be a referendum first. 

National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé says his group recently commissioned a poll that suggests more than 80 percent of Surrey residents support putting the issue to a vote.

“Surrey needs more RCMP officers, not a new police bureaucracy that reports to the mayor,” he said.

“Let’s go ahead with a referendum.”

Sauvé’s comments come less than a week after a petition with more than 40,000 signatures in support of keeping the RCMP in Surrey was presented to the B.C. government.

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