About the Surrey Police Board
The Surrey Police Board was appointed on June 29, 2020. The board is independent from City Council and serves as an independent civilian oversight body to the Surrey Police.
The Surrey Police Board was appointed on June 29, 2020. The Board is independent from both City Council and the Provincial Government. It serves as an independent civilian oversight body to the Surrey Police. The Board is governed by the Police Act to perform four main governance roles including:
- Employing all sworn and civilian staff of the Surrey Police;
- Setting policy and providing direction to the Chief Constable;
- Overseeing the budget; and
- Being the authority for Service or Policy Complaints against the Surrey Police.
Under the Police Act, the Mayor of the municipality sits as Chair of the Board and the municipality appoints one member and up to 7 members are appointed by the Province.
Police Operating Budget Projections
View a one-page comparison summary of the approved projected costs for RCMP and Surrey Police. Data has been drawn from the City’s approved Financial Plans and summarized for this purpose.
Surrey Police Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Surrey Police Board will take place on October 13, 2020 at 9:00am. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interests of protecting the health of the members of the Board and the public, the meeting is open to the public via livestreaming over the internet.
*The broadcast is only available while Board meetings are in progress and the completed video will be posted within 24 hours of the meetings. View the 2020 Surrey Police Board Meeting Schedule to find the date of the next Surrey Police Board meeting.
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Previous Surrey Police Board Meetings
The following media releases have been issued by the Board to keep citizens informed.
- Surrey Police Board to hold Virtual Inaugural Meeting (August 4, 2020)
- Surrey Police Board launches national search for Chief of Police (August 13, 2020)
View the 2020 Surrey Police Board Meeting Schedule. The next Surrey Police Board meeting is happening on October 13.
Participating in a Board Meeting
Anyone wishing to provide input to the Board at its public meetings must apply to be a ‘delegate’ to the meeting seven days in advance of the meeting date. Any Delegate may address the Board at an open session of a Board meeting (time permitting) on any topic that:
- Relates to SPD police services or policies.
- Affects a segment of the community, as opposed to a single individual.
- Relates to a strategy of policing, as opposed to a single action by one or more officers.
- Relates to the Board’s oversight mandate, as opposed to day-to-day police operations.
Delegates may not address the Board with respect to any matter that relates to a conduct complaint within the jurisdiction of the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner or is a substantial repeat of information presented by the Delegate to the Board within the previous six months. The Executive Director keeps track of such matters and if appropriate, refers the Delegate to the appropriate oversight body. To apply to be a delegate click on the button below to email the Executive Director indicating the date of the Board meeting and the topic on which you wish to speak.
The Executive Director may limit the number Delegates appearing at any given open session of a Board meeting if the allotted agenda time does not allow for all Delegate requests to be accommodated. In addition, a Delegate may not address the Board more than twice in a calendar year (or within 6 months) without prior approval of the Board.
A Delegate that has been approved to speak at an open session of the Board meeting must provide a written submission and a list of persons attending to the Executive Director, to be distributed with the meeting materials. At the Board meeting, the Delegate is provided the opportunity to present to the Board, for a maximum of five minutes (unless extended by the Board). Upon completion of the presentation, Board members may ask questions for the purposes of clarification and obtaining additional, relevant information.
When addressing the Board, Delegates are expected to act respectfully and adhere to all practices established by the Board Chair for constructive discussions and maintaining decorum at the meeting.
Ask the Surrey Police Board a Question
If you would like to ask the Surrey Police Board a question, please email your question to email@example.com. Questions should be submitted 5 business days prior the scheduled Board meeting. Questions received after the deadline will be answered at the next meeting or posted to this website. Please note the Board will not be answering questions at its inaugural meeting.
Meet your Police Board
Doug McCallum, Chair
Doug McCallum was elected to his fourth term as Mayor on October 20th, 2018. Mayor McCallum and his team are focused on delivering the initiatives residents have called for. Immediately following the Inauguration Ceremony, Mayor and Council unanimously passed the motion to create the Surrey Police. In his previous tenure as Mayor, he succeeded in keeping property taxes low for Surrey residents and left the city in a solid financial position with a $300 million dollar surplus and no debt. Among his philanthropic and civic activities he has served as Chair of Peace Arch Hospital, as a member of the BC Buildings Corporation’s Board of Directors and as Chair of TransLink.
Meena Brisard, Board Member
Meena Brisard is the B.C. Regional Director for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). She is responsible for all aspects of CUPE’s operations in B.C. and brings expertise in negotiations, litigation, mediation, labour relations and conflict resolution. Meena has extensive experience with training and professional development programs for diverse groups of employees and union members.
Meena brings skills and experience in the areas of civic governance and operations as well as community and citizen participation. She is committed to ensuring that the diverse communities within the City of Surrey are engaged in the transition from the RCMP to a new Surrey Police Service.
Meena previously worked as a 9-1-1 operator and police dispatcher at the Vancouver Police Department and E-Comm. She brings extensive knowledge of police procedures and operational communications, as well as police technology systems.
Meena moved to Surrey in 1989 and is raising her family here with her husband. As a mother of two young children, she participates in a variety of sports and community activities in the City. Making the City of Surrey a safe place to work, live and raise a family is a priority for Meena.
James Carwana, Board Member
Mr. Carwana works as an independent mediator and arbitrator. He holds his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Toronto. In 1985, he was called to the Bar of British Columbia and practised labour, employment, and administrative law in Vancouver for over 25 years. He has worked with a broad group of clients in both the private and public sectors and has provided advice in many areas including workplace reorganizations, collective bargaining, and legislative changes. Mr. Carwana has appeared before Committees of the House of Commons and Senate in Ottawa and has acted as legal counsel in matters before all levels of court and various administrative boards. His legal work has earned him a peer review legal rating of “Distinguished for High Professional Achievement” reflecting a lawyer who is “widely respected by their peers for their professional achievement and ethical standards”.
From 2012 to 2018 Mr. Carwana served as Vice Chair at the BC Labour Relations Board, where he adjudicated and mediated many disputes. He has been involved in the writing of approximately 200 published Labour Board decisions and is the author of over 40 published articles on Risk Management topics for public sector bodies.
Active in his community, Mr. Carwana has previously volunteered at the Salvation Army Pro Bono Legal Clinic and been a Director and President of the Crescent Beach Swimming Club in Surrey. He is currently a Director of the Beach House Theatre Society in Surrey and a member of the Greyhounds Track and Field Club in Surrey. In June 2020 he was appointed as a Member of the Financial Services Tribunal and as a Member of the Surrey Police Board.
Chief Harley Chappell, Board Member
Chief Harley Chappell is the elected chief of the Semiahmoo First Nation, and has held this position since 2016. Prior to this he was a traditional counselor with the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society from 2006-2016, a justice worker with the Qwiqwestom Alternative Justice Program and an Aboriginal support worker with the Chilliwack school district.
Cheney Cloke, Board Member
Cheney Cloke is a director with the Fraser Health Authority. She holds a project management certificate and business administration degree. Her expertise is in program, project and change management, as well as thought leadership, strategy development and implementation and governance. In 2016 Cheney was appointed to the Board of Directors of the BC College of Social Workers, and most recently took on the role of vice chair.
Manav Gill, Board Member
Manav Gill is the manager of clinical operation at Fraser Health, with extensive experience in the healthcare sector. Previously, she was the public health manager for the BC Centre for Disease Control. Manav is a registered nurse with the BC College of Nursing Professionals and Healthcare Leader with Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Victoria and a master of health administration from University of British Columbia.
Elizabeth Model, Board Member
Elizabeth is CEO of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association. Previously Elizabeth was General Manager for Captain’s Cove Marina; Cove Links Golf Course; Foremarke Management; Springbank Land Development and Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce Coquitlam and Executive Director for the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. Active in her community, Elizabeth is a Board Member of SFU Advisory Council- Surrey and MLR. Previously, Elizabeth was Founding Member and Past Chair of Better Transit and Transportation Coalition and a Director or the BC Pavilion Corporation. She holds a Bachelor Science degree.
Bob Rolls, Board Member
Robert (Bob) Rolls was a member of the Vancouver Police Department from 1977 to 2010, when he retired at the rank of Deputy Chief Constable. As the Deputy Chief Constable Commanding the Support Services Division Bob managed the business of the VPD, including oversight of a budget of over $193 million. Over the course of his career Bob held a wide variety of assignments, which included more than 10 years of working in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver. During his last assignment there, as the District 2 Commander, he led a number of innovative projects and initiatives to address the many issues and challenges of this community.
Since retiring from the VPD Bob has remained active on boards and in work related to policing, public safety and supporting his communities. His board experience includes E-Comm 911, the Judicial Council of British Columbia, as Chair of EasyPark Corporation, and he is currently on the Board of 58 West Hastings, which is committed to creating safe and liveable housing and improving access to quality health care and other services in the DTES. His past civic activities include being the President of Odd Squad Productions, which is dedicated to at-risk young people, and participation on advisory boards at Langara College and Kwantlen University.
Bob has also conducted a number of sensitive investigations and policing reviews. These include a review of the British Columbia Police Academy on behalf of the British Columbia Municipal Chiefs, which included looking at police training across Canada, and a review on behalf of the City of Richmond Municipal Council on the feasibility of transitioning from the RCMP to a municipal police department.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. During his career Mr. Rolls received numerous medals and awards, including being named a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police forces by the Governor General of Canada for exceptional performance over an extended period of time.
Jaspreet (Jessie) Sunner, Board Member
Jessie K. Sunner is In-House Legal Counsel for the Hospital Employees’ Union, where she specializes in labour relations, employment, and human rights law. Previously, Jessie practiced in the areas of general litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has also worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Bangkok, Thailand, where she assisted with drafting child protection and anti-human trafficking legislation for various Southeast Asian nations. Active in her community, Jessie currently serves on the Boards of the Surrey Women’s Centre and the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch. She has previously served on the Canadian Bar Association BC Family Law Section Executive. Jessie is an avid traveller and has spent many summers volunteering with development projects in Ecuador.
Jessie holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Melissa Granum, Executive Director
Melissa Granum is the Executive Director for the Surrey Police Board. Prior to this role, Melissa spent 12 years with the Delta Police Department as its Corporate Planning Manager. In that role, she supported Delta’s Police Board and the Chief Constable in a variety of areas. Her work included the administration of the Delta Police Board, intergovernmental relations, internal communications, strategic planning, annual reporting, research, marketing, and public relations. Melissa has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Diploma in Broadcast and Media Communications. As a volunteer, Melissa has served as a director on the Delta Chamber of Commerce and Delta Hospice Society Boards and was a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner for over 10 years.