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 LetsTalkRichmond.ca 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.