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2016 News and Information

Richmond police services open houses begin Feb. 17

Feb 15 2016

The City of Richmond will host five open houses from February 17 to 24 to gather public input on whether the City should establish an independent municipal police force or continue to have policing provided by the RCMP.

Council is currently considering the two options, but wants to hear from the public before making a decision. 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.-1 p.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.

City staff will be on hand at the open houses to provide more information about the options. A discussion guide, feedback form and other background materials are available in English and Chines.  Participants can complete a survey or provide written submissions to provide their input to Council.

The discussion guide, feedback form and other background materials are also available online at www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca. The survey can also be completed online at that website.

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.

Members of the public can also drop by Richmond City Hall by February 29 to see an information display and obtain printed copies of the survey form and supporting documents.

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.

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.