After several rounds of public consultation, a report has concluded Richmond residents aren't convinced there is a need to switch from the use of RCMP services to an independent police force.

The city commissioned the report to look into how people would feel about two key factors: cost and local accountability. More than 1,000 people responded to the online survey and  the Mustel telephone poll.

  • 62 per cent of Let's Talk Richmond respondents prefer the RCMP model with six per cent undecided, and 32 per cent prefer an independent force.
  • 40 per cent of Mustel poll respondents prefer the RCMP model, with 34 per cent undecided, and 27 per cent prefer an independent force.

The report estimated it would cost $19.6 million to make the transition and annual operating costs would be $2.2 million to $3.9 million higher than the current price tag for the RCMP.

Council discussed the report Monday afternoon.