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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, September 27, 2002

Surrey mayor interfering with police?

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has been pressuring the Surrey RCMP to not add press relases about crime in Surrey to its media database. McCallum, who is running for a third term as mayor, refutes allegations that he's trying to interfere with police operations. He says that he's never asked the police to withhold public information, despite the fact that there have been

e-mails to the contrary reported in the local media. The picture above is a representation of a message acquired by CKNW radio.

A CTV news reporter has also found a letter from McCallum to the RCMP asking them to withhold press releases relating to Surrey from the force's national press-release database. McCallum claims that it was a city council decision; however, the letter is written in the first person and makes no reference to the council.

City councillor and former Surrey mayor Bob Bose says that council was never involved in a decision to ask the police for anything. Bose has said that McCallum also gets a daily briefing on police activity from the RCMP; Bose thinks that this should be available to all city councillors.

From the CBC's report:

RCMP media Constable Danielle Efford says, " We have been aware of Mayor McCallum's concerns about the content of some news releases issued by the Surrey detachments that news stories related to criminal activity may frame Surrey in a negative light."

CKNW radio broke this story; read their report here.

McCallum has accused Bose of partisan attacks; noting that Bose and McCallum are of different political parties. McCalum said of Bose "he's NDP; they're always criticizing police."
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