On Thursday morning Solicitor General Mike Farnworth responded to the City of Surrey’s proposed police report.
“I have received the City of Surrey’s proposal for an alternative policing service delivery model. As Solicitor General, it’s my statutory responsibility to provide a decision on the proposal, to ensure it meets the requirements of the Police Act to provide adequate and effective policing and meets the expectations of public safety for the people of Surrey.
“Surrey’s proposal for an independent police department is a statutory process that deals with many complex issues, so it will be important not to rush this. Staff will now review and provide advice to me in my role as Solicitor General to determine the next steps—taking into consideration the thoroughness of the plan. I have discussed with the Mayor my expectation that the report, in some form, is made available to the public in the weeks ahead. As always, our work will be guided by our priority of keeping the people of Surrey safe.”