The 360 Degree Plan to fight crime aims to make Surrey one of the safest cities in Canada, through a community-based policing model incorporating best practices from around the country and tailor-made for the City of Surrey. The plan was developed in collaboration with Chief Constable Jim Cessford of the Delta Police Department.

Setting new standards for safety, collaborative and innovative solutions within the plan were endorsed by Professor Curt Taylor Griffiths from the SFU Police Studies Program, who also provided valuable insights for the strategy.

Roadmap to Public Safety

The roadmap will realign resources, policies and the focus of the community to create one of the safest cities in Canada. The action plan includes 10 key strategies:

  1. Building a community-based policing model

  2. Fostering a sense of community responsibility in our neighbourhoods

  3. Engaging community partners to make change

  4. Using a problem-solving strategies to eliminate the root causes of crime

  5. Targeting high-risk and high-crime areas and properly managing chronic offenders

  6. Advocating for change in how we treat mental health, domestic violence and youth issues, while protecting our aging population

  7. Providing comprehensive care for victims of crime

  8. Establishing community courts to solve problems around mental health, addiction and domestic violence

  9. Listening to and empowering citizens through community consultations

  10. Keeping young people out of trouble by providing educational, economic, recreational and cultural opportunities

Office of Public Safety

Each neighbourhood in Surrey has problems unique to that area. To address these issues, the new Office of Public Safety will be responsible for:

  • Establishing a funding model to get more officers on our streets

  • Holding neighbourhood meetings to understand concerns

  • Identifying problems and implementing strategies to eliminate the root causes of crime

  • Assigning city staff to assume responsibility of a neighbourhood and be accountable to its residents through an effective reporting structure

  • Researching, hiring and training Community Safety Officers

  • Building a policing model where Community Safety Officers respond to non-priority, low-risk calls, so that our police can focus on fighting crime

Take Action

The wait and see attitude of insider politicians will not fix things. Here is what we will do to make Surrey one of Canada’s safest cities:

  • Collaborating with the Surrey School District to determine the most effective ways to deliver drug and gang awareness education

  • Identifying, assisting and mentoring high-risk teens to prevent crime before it happens

  • Working with the provincial government to help at-risk youth access skills training and employment opportunities

  • Dealing with unsightly properties and problem residences

  • The “broken window theory” proves that addressing petty crimes such as graffiti, fare evasion and broken windows has an effect on reducing violent crime overall

  • Creating an enforceable strategy to hold corrupt or neglectful landlords accountable

  • Using working groups to address the needs of our youth and elderly, families suffering from mental illness, and victims of domestic violence. Working groups on traffic and transportation safety will also be established

  • Providing oversight of halfway and recovery houses in Surrey

  • Curfew checks of offenders with court conditions to ensure compliance

  • Holding interdepartmental public safety meetings to identify problems, develop collaborative strategies, assign tasks and establish a reporting structure that ensures accountability

Our Future

This plan isn’t just about fixing problems. It’s about achieving our vision for the future of a safe and prosperous Surrey:

  • More police in our streets, especially in high-crime area

  • Citizens working closely with city hall and police to enhance our “eyes and ears” on the streets

  • Faster responses to police calls

  • Public facilities and spaces including built-in crime-prevention measures

  • Growing feelings of public empowerment and local pride

  • Increased sense of safety throughout our city

Crime would not be as bad as it is today if it weren’t for the complacency of Doug McCallum and Linda Hepner. McCallum tried to muzzle the police when they wanted to warn the public about crime, and Hepner has ignored the issue. Why would we trust these two politicians to solve a problem they helped create?

It’s going to take fierce independence to take Surrey where it needs to go. It’s time to reject insider candidates and elect a no-nonsense outsider.