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 is led Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, appointed by the Board in November 2020

The journey to establish an independent local police service began in 2018 with a unanimous motion of City Council. Work is well underway to put in place, the necessary people and infrastructure to begin operation of Surrey’s new local police service.

SPS Major Milestones infographic

Surrey Today

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.

Infographic of Surrey's population and other characteristics.

Historical Development of Police Service

In May 2019 the initial plan for the transition to a municipal police service was published along with a summary highlights document.  

From April – June 2019 the City undertook consultation about the communities priorities for policing and a report on the findings, along with the original source data, were released.

Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee Report

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has released a redacted copy of the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee (PMPTSC) Report that was completed in December 2019. Some specific information in the report has been removed for privacy and operational security reasons.