Request for Independent RCMP Detachment Moving Forward
After a year-long review and extensive consultations with the community and various stakeholders, Council approved a transition plan towards an independent RCMP Detachment in Pitt Meadows. The City has sent a formal requested to the RCMP Commanding Officer and Provincial Minister for approval.
On March 10, 2020 following recommendations from the Police Services Review and community feedback received, Council has voted unanimously to take the next step forward in creating an independent RCMP detachment to improve service and safety.
“A City’s number one job is ensuring the safety of the community while getting the best possible service and value for our dollars,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “The evidence is clear that the best way to achieve this is through the creation of our own independent RCMP detachment. The community feedback that we received demonstrates that our residents support this decision.”
“Our Council’s vision of a visible and active police service will mean that police are integrated into and involved in our community” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Our goal is to enhance police visibility, public safety, service levels and responsiveness within the same operating budget.”
Read the full media release here.
With both Pitt Meadows Council and the community’s support, the City is seeking formal approvals from the Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, Commanding Officer E Division, and the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth to proceed with the creation of an independent detachment and to create and implement a transition plan.
In June, the City of Pitt Meadows launched a review of the City’s current police services model to examine how local RCMP resources can be deployed to enhance service and responsiveness to citizens in the community.
The City of Pitt Meadows presented the police services review and recommendations to the community on February 18, 2020. This follows the recent completion of the RCMP Polices Services Review by an independent consultant.
The review examined three possible options:
1) Option One: Status Quo – maintains the current integrated Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment model. There would be no change to service delivery.
2) Option Two: Service Level Agreement – maintains joint services model but with local leadership and more service and resources allocated to the Community Police Office in Pitt Meadows.
3) Option Three: Autonomous Pitt Meadows RCMP Detachment (recommended) – a more accountable independent RCMP detachment with services tailored to community needs.
On February 18, 2020, residents were invited to attend an Engagement and Priorities Committee meeting at the Heritage Hall to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback about the Police Services Review. Those who were unable to attend were invited to provide feedback online at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca from February 19 to March 1.
62 percent of respondents from the feedback submitted indicated their support for an independent RCMP detachment. 18 percent of comments were undetermined and 20 percent did not provide support. The same feedback included concern for potential increases in property taxes as well as the cost and availability of resources.
Updates and Reports:
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Takes the Next Step Forward to an Independent RCMP Detachment - March 11, 2020
- Special Public Meeting of Council: Agenda and Video - March 10, 2020
- Media Release: Katzie First Nation and the City of Maple Ridge Support the City of Pitt Meadows Aspirations to Create an Independent RCMP Detachment - February 18, 2020
- Engagement & Priorities Committee Meeting: Agenda and Video - February 18, 2020
- Media Release: Public Invited to Hear Recommendations of Police Services Review - February 10, 2020
- Media Release: City of Pitt Meadows and City of Maple Ridge Working with Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment to Launch Policing Service Review - June 27, 2019