Surrey’s fire chief said in the last week eight firefighters and police officers in Surrey have contracted COVID-19 and 18 others are self-isolating.
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Chief Const. Norm Lipinski said a recruiting unit is being put together as the city transitions from the RCMP to a municipal police force.
According to the Surrey Police Board, Chief Norm Lipinski will earn a base salary of $285,000, with “potential rewards” bringing the compensation to nearly $335,000 per year.
When planning began on the project more than a decade ago, its estimated cost was $400 million.
The $235,000 is about $50,000 less per year than a comparably ranked RCMP officer, according to the union representing Mounties.
A serious crash involving a number of vehicles closed the Coquihalla Highway northbound Wednesday morning. The highway reopened to traffic around 9:45 p.m.
Chief coroner Lisa LaPointe made a presentation to the special committee on reforming the Police Act, which was struck last summer following the death of George Floyd.
Isobel Mackenzie said in her annual review that there were just over 5,500 total calls to the information line in 2019, an increase of 27 per cent from the year before.
During a public health emergency under the Public Health Act, orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials.
The Surrey Christmas Bureau is B.C.’s largest Christmas charity, distributing toys and gift cards to an average of 2,000 families a year.
“I’ve got cracks in my house, I’ve got cracks in my foundation, upstairs in my house I don’t have a room that doesn’t have cracks in the ceiling.”
Harley Chappell, board member and Semiahmoo First Nation Chief, asked about understanding the cost of the transition from the RCMP to a municipal force.
Lawyer Reece Harding has been appointed to the position and has extensive experience working with local governments.
It’s been nearly two years since Paul Bennett was gunned down in the driveway of his Cloverdale home.
Users are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and maintain physical distance from others.