Surrey RCMP detachment members don’t work federal stuff. There’s an entirely separate federal policing business line within RCMP for things like national security, transnational organized crime, and border enforcement. Separately, BC has integrated (RCMP + municipal) units for provincial level organized crime, traffic enforcement, etc. Surrey RCMP and Surrey Police Service fully overlap and are in the process of transitioning the one to the other. Both have constables and front line supervisors on the road, in some cases under each others’ supervision. The transition, so far as I can tell, is early into the messiest and most confusing part. @RedFive
could probably enlighten us further.
It's a bloody mess is what I can say for sure. As far as where it goes from here, everything is speculation as the reversion to RCMP the new mayor wants hasn't been explored or implemented yet. Expect her to move fast on it though, one way or another.
Outcomes I can foresee:
1. SPS is stood down, and the RCMP takes "back" over. We never stopped being the Police of Jurisdiction, so many feel this is the most likely COA. Problem is the RCMP is critically short on members nation wide and Surrey Detachment is the biggest we have, staffing this will be a nightmare for the members still in Surrey. The plan is, as far as I know, to try and retain as many SPS members as will stay and start offering recruits from the Lower Mainland a guaranteed post back to the LMD.
2. The Province refuses to allow the City to back out of its Police force, and things move ahead. If that's the case, I have heard from SPS members that they feel once there is a decisive "this IS happening" there will be a flood of new hires of people who are interested in the move but not interested in the uncertainty. I've also heard from NPF (RCMP union) reps that if this is the case they're going to play hardball on getting RCMP members out ASAP, whether the City has its shit together or not. Obviously not to the point of jeopardizing public safety, but service levels would drop to painfully low levels.
3. Locke learns how much has been spent and how much it will cost to revert and begrudgingly moves ahead, while proposing a regional force with Langley Township and Langley City (Both RCMP). The SPS collective agreement says that laid off members will receive 18 months pay as severance, that's an awful lot of money.
All I can say is the overwhelming majority of "the troops" are pleased the city voted in favour of Locke, who has been adamantly pro-RCMP throughout this process. The previous Mayor was at best antagonistic to the RCMP and its membership, and I suspect there's an all around feeling of satisfaction watching him get turfed. However, there are concerns that this is just going to lead to more delay, shorter watches and limiting career moves. I can only speak for myself when I say I don't care who polices Surrey, I just want them to make up their damn minds so I can plan my next couple years and prepare to move on. Mobility was one of the biggest reasons I chose the RCMP and its looking like I may never leave my first post...