Enhancing Public Safety and Service for Pitt Meadows
After three years of extensive review, research and consultation, the City is transitioning towards an independent RCMP Detachment in order to provide enhanced police visibility, public safety, service levels and responsiveness in Pitt Meadows. By creating an independent RCMP Detachment in Pitt Meadows, the City is confident that police services will better meet the specific safety needs and concerns of our community. The community engagement conducted and feedback that the City has received to date demonstrates that the majority of our residents support this decision, as well as Katzie First Nation, the Ridge Meadows RCMP, City of Maple Ridge and the National Police Federation.
Did you know?
- Policing Services comprise of 22.7 percent or $5.58 million of the City’s operational budget.
- The independent RCMP detachment would operate within this existing budget and provide much better service to our unique community and better return on our investment.
- The police services building would be funded without a property tax increase and by potential grant money.
- With our own detachment, Pitt Meadows will see five dedicated members per shift (currently two) and its own dedicated Officer in Charge.
- We will still have access to the RCMP’s integrated units such as homicide, major crime, gangs, forensics, and fatal vehicle accidents.
Request for Independent RCMP Detachment Moving Forward
The City is awaiting formal approval from the RCMP Commanding Officer and Provincial Minister and has completed a spatial analysis that identified the current Pitt Meadows Art Gallery/Athletic Building location as the preferred site.
Autonomous RCMP Detachment RFP Issued
Following approval of the alternative approval process (AAP), the City has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design of the new Autonomous RCMP Detachment.
Pitt Meadows City Council Adopts Park Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892, 2021
The City of Pitt Meadows sought approval of the electors by alternative approval process (AAP) in accordance with Section 86 of the Community Charter. The question before the electors was whether they were opposed to the adoption of the Parks Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892, 2021, which removes the park dedication from 2,320 m2 of land directly north of the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall as shown below outlined in yellow on the map below. This exclusion was required to permit the development and construction of a new RCMP detachment on this site.
The 10 metre strip of land along the eastern-most boundary of the impacted area will provide buffer space for any adjustments to the building design that might be needed as the project progresses. If it is needed, there are two options to keep the baseball fields whole:
Option 1: Shift the baseball diamond 10 metres east to allow for sufficient room for the full size field without impacting play.
Option 2: Create an additional field at the Pitt Meadows Athletic Park (PMAP) as part of the eight acre amenity contribution negotiated by the City and provided by Onni.
Preliminary discussions with Board Members of the Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association indicated they are supportive of either of these options and are looking forward to further discussions with the City as this project unfolds.
Preferred Site for Future RCMP Detachment Selected
On March 9, 2021 , following the recommendations from an independent site analysis, Council unanimously selected the site of the current Pitt Meadows Art Gallery (PMAG)/Athletic Building as the preferred location for the future independent RCMP detachment. This decision was made based on a number of considerations including cost and the site meeting the majority of the City’s and RCMP’s desired criteria.
After assessing 13 potential options, the most feasible and cost-effective location is the current PMAG building/Athletic Building site on Harris Road for the following reasons:
- Site satisfies RCMP safety and security requirements
- Lowest cost option
- City-owned property
- Fits construction timeline
- Central and visible location, close to transit and outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve and flood hazard zone
- Childcare services are not affected
- No disruption to police operations
- Offers opportunities to re-purpose existing Community Police Office (CPO)
Read the full news 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 2019, 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 followed 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.
Read the full report: RCMP Services & Structure Review Report
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:
- Council Meeting: Results o fthe Alternative Approval Process for Park Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892, 2021 - July 6, 2021
- For the Record: Parks Bylaw Amendment for Police Building will Enhance Services - June 10, 2021
- Council Meeting: Alternative Approval Process, Parks Designation Amendment Bylaw No. 2892 - May 11, 2021
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Council Selects Preferred Site for Future RCMP Detachment - March 12, 2021
- Engagement & Priorities Committee Meeting: Summary of recommendations from report "Pitt Meadows RCMP Feasibility Study" - February 9, 2021
- Special Public Meeting of Council: Update on Independent RCMP Detachment Approval Process - September 22, 2020
- Media Release: Pitt Meadows Takes the Next Step Forward to an Independent RCMP Detachment - March 11, 2020
- Special Public Meeting of Council: Police Services Review Engagement Summary - 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: Summary of recommendations from report "Review of Policing Service Delivery" - 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