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2016 News and Information

Richmond to host public open houses on police services

Jan 19 2016

The City of Richmond will host five open houses as part of its public consultation on police services. Formal consultation is now underway and will continue until Monday, February 29. Public input is being collected online, through public open houses, polling and direct response.

Richmond has been conducting 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, which include 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.

A discussion guide, feedback form and other background materials are now available online at www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca. Members of the public can also drop by Richmond City Hall to see an information display and obtain printed copies of the survey form and supporting documents.

Five public open houses have been scheduled for February to allow the public to learn more about the topic and provide their input. The open houses are:

  • Wednesday, February 17, 5-8 p.m., South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road;
  • Thursday, February 18, 5-8 p.m., East Richmond Community Hall, 12360 Cambie Road;
  • Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-1p.m., Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue;
  • Tuesday, February 23,  5-8 p.m., Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton Street; and
  • Wednesday, February 24, 5-8 p.m., Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road.

Additional comments and questions, as well as requests for a copy of the feedback form and supporting documents, can be made to policingconsult@richmond.ca or by calling 604-276-4000.

The City will also be conducting public polling to gather additional input.

All feedback received as part of the public consultation will be reported to Council to assist in its decision. All submissions must be received by Monday, February 29 to be included in that report.

A comprehensive report examining the two options for police service was released in November. 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 Featured Topics section.