01/24/2013 10:40 EST | Updated 03/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Delta mayor to weigh in on calls for regional police force

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is slated to hold a news conference later this morning to explain why she doesn't support a regional police force.

Municipalities have been weighing in on creating a unified police agency since Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal made the recommendation.

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu support the move, while mayors in Surrey, West Vancouver, Richmond and Port Moody have voiced opposition.

But Jackson is not convinced, and wants the opportunity to explain why Delta should continue to have its own police force.

"We've got some of the best stats anywhere,” she said.

“It's one of the reasons people come to Delta, because of our police force and how we deal with the public, with our children, with the businesses, how we train our people … These are some of the things we'd like to talk about."

She says Delta's police chief will attend the meeting to answer questions.