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BC government suspends Surrey Police Board, appoints new administrator

BY The Canadian Press, Nov 17, 2023 6:58 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Locke says the move was done without any consultation with the city and removes civilian oversight of policing in Surrey as the plan to replace the RCMP with a municipal force moves forward. (Photo: X/Office of the Mayor)

Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke says the provincial government has orchestrated a policing takeover in the city by suspending the current police board.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth suspended the board Thursday and installed former Abbotsford police chief Mike Serr as temporary administrator to lead the transition.

Locke says the move was done without any consultation with the city and removes civilian oversight of policing in Surrey as the plan to replace the RCMP with a municipal force moves forward.

Locke says the province is forcing the city to go ahead with the costly transition, while taking oversight powers away from the city's elected officials.

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