The City of Burnaby has over a century of local policing history dating back to the first police constable, A.G. Cook, being hired in 1900. In 1935, the Great Depression saw the disbandment of the local police force which was replaced by the British Columbia Provincial Police. In 1950, the BC Provincial Police was absorbed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and for the past 60 years the RCMP has been providing policing services to the citizens of Burnaby.
With an estimated population of approximately 227,400 residents, the Burnaby RCMP has grown into the second largest Detachment in Canada and the third largest police service in the Province of British Columbia. There are 302 regular and civilian RCMP members and 127 City of Burnaby employees who respond to approximately 60,000 calls for service a year.
As a team, we are continuously improving our quality of policing service to the citizens of Burnaby and are always looking for feedback from the community on how we are able to improve. I encourage residents to attend the Community Policing Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting held at their local Community Police Office. This provides residents of Burnaby with an opportunity to engage with their local police officers and fellow citizens who have a genuine interest in improving public safety.
The Burnaby RCMP Crime Reduction Strategy, implemented in November of 2009 continues into 2015. Many other law enforcement agencies have also made the commitment to Crime Reduction Strategies and have all realized large and sustained reductions in crime in their communities. The crime statistics collected by our Crime Analyst Team coupled with the strategic deployment of resources to identified crime hot spots and the management of prolific offenders has resulted in a marked reduction in criminal activity throughout the City of Burnaby.
Burnaby Detachment has implemented several changes to our human resource structure to enhance the service delivery to the citizens of Burnaby. These changes include the addition of an Officer in charge of the Community Programs who will oversee programs such as School Liaison, Youth Services, Neighbourhood Liaison, Block Watch and Victim Services to name a few. We have also increased our complement of patrol supervisors to oversee and ensure that our high standard of our investigations is maintained.
In partnership with the Mayor , Council members and citizens in our community the members, staff, and volunteers at Burnaby RCMP are committed to ensuring the City of Burnaby continues to be a safe community to live, work and play in.
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