Chief Constable Appointed
On November 20, 2020 the Surrey Police Board announced the appointment of Norm Lipinski as the Chief Constable of the Surrey Police Service. Chief Lipinski brings over 42 years of experience serving within large, urban Canadian municipalities to this role.
Prior to joining the Surrey Police Service, Chief Lipinski served as Deputy Chief for both the neighbouring Delta Police Service and the Edmonton Police Service, as well as served as Assistant Commissioner for the RCMP.
Learn more about Surrey Police’s first Chief Constable.
Building the Surrey Police Service
Surrey Police will be a modern, urban and community responsive police service designed from day one to address the needs of Surrey.
As a local police service, it is governed by a civilian Police Board appointed by the Province of BC and will be led by a Chief Constable appointed by the Board.
Recent events have highlighted the importance of local accountability and civilian oversight in policing. With authorities defined under the BC Police Act [RSBC 1996], the Chief and the Board provide policing services to the community.
The journey to establish an independent local police service began in 2018 and culminated in the motion of the Surrey Police Board at its inaugural meeting on August 6, 2020 to create the Surrey Police Service. Work now begins in earnest to put in place the necessary people and infrastructure to begin operation of the new local police service.
Review the timeline for establishing the Surrey Police Service
Surrey Police Service Infrastructure and Recruitment
- Officer Recruitment and training begins
- Surrey Police Service infrastructure, staff, and resources in place
Municipal Agreement Terminates
Municipal Police Unit Agreement with the Province to provide contract policing will terminate when Surrey Police Service assumes full jurisdiction to deliver policing services in Surrey
Surrey has an unique opportunity to build a new community responsive policing model that addresses the specific issues in our community and will be designed from day one to reflect the community it serves. The infographic below shows some key characteristics of this young, diverse, and vibrant city.