There's already a parody account for the yet-to-be approved Surrey Police

May 10 2019, 7:17 pm

Earlier this week, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum unveiled a prototype vehicle for the city’s yet-to-be-approved municipal police force, and now it seems others are getting in on the latest development – naturally, with the creation of a parody Twitter account.

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The new creation is up-front right off the bat about its intentions.

“Surrey Police Dept is Canada’s newest force. Launching our services in 2020 or whenever our GoFundMe raises enough cash,” the bio reads. Then, in brackets: “Parody, just like the mayor.”

Created just this month, the account has 553 followers of the time of this writing.

“Number of shootings in since we started: zero. You’re welcome,” the accounts pinned tweet reads.

Other tweets include:

A Surrey Police cruiser design was unveiled on Tuesday. (Brian Young / Twitter)Our entrance examination for new applicants will feature important elements of #SurreyBC history and geography. pic.twitter.com/tQU5g8vYiy

— Surrey Police Dept (@surrey_pd) May 9, 2019

In a speech earlier this week, McCallum elaborated further on his plan to transition the city away from the RCMP and to a municipal police force.

“As Surrey has changed over the years, the time has come to change how our city is policed,” he said. “The change I am talking about is accountability.”

And while he stressed that he has “no quarrel” with the city’s RCMP operations as a whole, “the fact remains that Surrey is the largest city in the country that does not have its own police department, and that is the root of the problem.”

By establishing a city police force, he continued, “accountability will stay in our city.”

He told those in the audience that when city council “voted unanimously” to cancel the RCMP contract and transition to a city police department, “we did this not out of self-interest, but rather out of the best interests of this city and its people.”

McCallum said the police plan will be in the hands of the province “soon” and “we will be out to share our vision with the people of Surrey.”

In the coming weeks, he added, “we will be asking our residents to tell us which priorities they want to see for their new city police and help guide it into the future.”

And, if this new twitter account is any indication, it appears feedback on the plan is already well underway.