Richmond announces public consultation plans for police services review
17 December 2015
The City of Richmond will launch public consultation on police services on January 11, 2016. The consultation will continue until February 29, 2016.
City Council is committed to ensuring Richmond is a safe place to live, work and visit now and in the future. As Richmond grows and evolves, Council wants to ensure the City’s police service reflects the community’s changing needs and priorities.
Under council’s direction, the City has been conducting and an ongoing, comprehensive review of police services. As a result of that review Council has identified two options that are now under consideration for the delivery of police services in Richmond:
- continuation with the current service provided by the RCMP, or
- establishing an independent Richmond police force.
Before any final decision is made, Council is seeking community input on the two options.
Beginning January 11, 2016, the public can access a Discussion Guide and other supporting information, as well as a feedback survey on www.letstalkrichmond.ca. Printed versions of the discussion guide and survey will also be available for pick-up at Richmond City Hall or can be mailed by request.
Public open houses and other consultative meetings will be held in January and February. Watch for dates and other details about these meetings on the City website, www.richmond.ca, and in the local media. The City will also be conducting public polling to gather additional information.
All feedback received as part of the public consultation will be reported to Council to assist in its On November 26, the City released a comprehensive report examining the two options for police service. The report is available for review on the City’s website. To find the link to the report go to the City’s home page and scroll down to the News Highlights section.