City of Richmond releases report on police service
26 November 2015
The City of Richmond has released a comprehensive report on police services. The report summarizes the City’s findings from an extensive review of its options for the future provision of police services for Richmond.
“Our Council is committed to ensuring Richmond is a safe place to live, work and visit now and in the future,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “As our community grows and evolves, we want to ensure our police service reflects the community’s changing needs and priorities.”
The City expressed significant concerns about the RCMP Municipal Police Unit agreement when it was renewed by the Province of BC in 2012. Given its ongoing concerns, the City committed to a review of its options for the provision of police services. Since then, the City has extensively reviewed options for the delivery of police service in Richmond and narrowed its options to continuing with the RCMP or forming a new independent municipal police service.
The report examines a number of considerations in determining the best police service model for Richmond including costs, governance, accountability, responsiveness to community needs and values, service delivery and staffing considerations.
Police service is the largest single cost centre for the City, consuming roughly 20 per cent of the annual operating budget for a total cost of $41.5 million in 2015.
City Council has made no decisions on police services at this time. The next step in the process will be public consultation on the two options. A consultation plan is now being developed and it is anticipated that formal public consultation will begin in early 2016. In the interim, the City of Richmond will continue to be served by the RCMP.