Doug Elford: We don't need a referendum on a Surrey police force

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      By Doug Elford

      Coun. Tom Gill has called for a referendum on having a Surrey police force following a third-party review of policing options.

      Surrey First approved a 20-year RCMP contract in 2012 and Gill supported it then. He didn’t need a referendum then. 

      Surrey First waited until last October to call task force on gang violence. Now, Gill wants a third-party review. 

      Why did he and Surrey First wait until an election is approaching to start calling for consulting the citizens of Surrey?

      We are glad that Gill supports our call we made last month for considering a Surrey police force. We need a city council that consults with and listens to the citizens.

      The Surrey Community Alliance is committed to starting the process of establishing a Surrey police force if we have a majority on council after this election.

      This coming election is going to be a referendum on the Surrey First track record and what policies the parties stand on.

      Change is needed on this council. Surrey deserves better.

      Doug Elford is running for Surrey city council with the Surrey Community Alliance (SCA) along with Imtiaz Popat, Saria Aujla, Bernie Sheppard, and Asad Syed for city council and Niovi Patsicakis for Surrey school board.