The Surrey group demonstrates that police spending is coming at the expense of housing and community programs.
The song "homes do not have cops, no cops who are not police", a group called Anti-Police Power Surrey stopped traffic in Surrey on Saturday as they wandered 104 Avenuetta into the City Hall and then RCMP's detachment at King George Boulevard Whalley & # 39 ;in.
Long-time activist Dave Diewert says the group was formed shortly after the new Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum was elected to promise to replace the city's RCMP with municipal police force.
"Politics never solves the root causes of social tensions, which we call crime," he said.
McCallum's campaign resisted voters as the city struggles with drugs and gangs.
Kwantlen Polytechnic Professor Jeff Shantz, however, says that McCallum's message justified increased spending by playing fear of gang violence.
"The police are eating too much of our social and public resources," he said. "We need these resources in our communities to maintain ourselves."
Surrey is the largest resignation of RCMP in a country with more than 1000 clerks, supporters and volunteers on RCMP websites.
The federal government takes 10 percent of Surrey's police bill, but the city loses funding when it cleaves the connection with RCMP.
The surrey police budget will grow by the end of the year to one hundred seventy million dollars.
McCallum has promised to have the new force available for two years, but experts doubt the timetable.
At the same time, Police Association Surrey promises to pursue efforts to pay money for police budgets to pay for community centers and youth programs.
Its members say that these resources are more concerned with the root causes of crime and violence than by increased police activity.
files Jon Hernandez