Find the answers to questions we get asked about new recruit applications for the Surrey Police Service (SPS). 

PREPARING TO APPLY TO SPS

This is a truly rare opportunity to build a local, modern police service from the ground up. By joining SPS, you will be a part of policing history by helping to shape the future of policing in Surrey. 

At SPS, you will have a chance to develop public safety solutions that are tailor-made for BC’s second largest city. We are a nimble, community-focused police service that works together to get things done.

Our people matter. SPS is thoughtfully building opportunities for new experiences and career progression. We are an employer that champions growth and opportunity, and a healthy workplace culture. SPS also provides compensation and benefits that will provide you with security and help you do the things you enjoy in life.

When you join SPS, you will be a part of a modern, innovative and inclusive police department that is rooted in community and its people.

SPS has set a high standard for recruiting to ensure we hire the highest quality police officers. Applicants can make themselves more competitive through self-improvement in areas such as:

Review our minimum requirements for recruits.

Review our minimum requirements for recruits.

As long as you meet SPS’s minimum requirements, which include being a Canadian Citizen or having Permanent Resident status, we welcome your application. The application process for all recruits is the same, regardless of where you currently live.

Yes. If you have used cannabis in Canada since it was legalized, then it is unlikely to have any effect on your application. However, any illicit drug use could impact your application depending on the circumstances, frequency and how long ago it occurred. It is a requirement of SPS that its employees are fit for duty (please refer to the SPS Policy).

Yes, however, any illicit drug use could impact your application depending on various factors such as the type of drug(s) used; the amount/frequency of use; and how recently the drugs were used. It is a requirement of SPS that its employees are fit for duty (please refer to the SPS Policy).

We recognize that people make mistakes, and they learn from them. Life experience is an important element of a well-rounded police officer. Having made some questionable decisions in the past does not necessarily prevent you from being hired by SPS.

Each applicant’s drug use is evaluated in totality and on a case-by-case basis. Our selection process is thorough and includes in-depth interviews, a polygraph examination, and a background investigation. When a candidate discloses illegal activity, we will discuss the incident or activity with you and an assessment will be made.

No. You cannot have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted and you cannot have any criminal charges pending to be a qualified applicant with the SPS.

SPS is approved to move forward. The transition to a municipal police service was endorsed by Surrey City Council in 2018. Since that time, the Province of BC has established a Surrey Police Board, and the Board established the Surrey Police Service in 2020.

As of September 2021, SPS has hired well over 100 employees, with more coming on board each week. The Surrey Policing Transition Trilateral Committee (SPTTC), made up of representatives from the three levels of government, have agreed to a phased transition process, with the first group of 50 SPS officers assuming operational policing duties beginning on, or before, November 30, 2021.  These officers will be assigned to positions within the RCMP Municipal Police Unit in Surrey (i.e. Surrey RCMP).

SPS continues to work with all three levels of government and the RCMP through the many complexities of the largest police transition in Canada.

With respect to the current initiative petition on Surrey policing, and the 2022 municipal election, here are the facts:

The mandate for a municipal police service has been set and the SPS is 100% committed to fulfilling that mandate in the most methodical and respectful ways possible.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Review the stages in our application process.  

Review the stages in our application process.  

Review the stages in our application process. 

Review the stages in our application process.  

Our recruiting process is very comprehensive and can take 3-4 months to complete. SPS is committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of police officers is carried out in a respectful, transparent, and efficient manner.

Yes. Our goal is to confirm the status of your application as soon as possible, however it may take our recruitment team 8-12 weeks to be in touch. We want to ensure we give each application our full attention. We thank you for your patience.

There will likely be some costs associated to the pre-application process that you will be responsible for. These may include costs associated to obtaining the supporting documentation that will accompany your application such as obtaining copies of your driving abstract, vision report, audiometric report, passport sized photos, educational transcripts, Police Information Check, etc. Once your application is accepted, costs associated to the hiring process such as Intake Exam, POPAT, pre-employment psychological testing, medical and polygraph, are covered by SPS.

Once hired, you will attend three blocks of training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Police Academy in New Westminster, BC. Recruit Constables receive a base salary and benefits while undergoing recruit training at the JIBC, but Recruits are responsible to pay for their own program tuition (approximately $11,600).

POSITIONS & WORKING CONDITIONS

As a new recruit, you should expect to spend the first several years of your SPS career working in the Community Policing Bureau as a Patrol Constable. Once you have built a strong foundation of policing skills, you will be able to branch out into more specialized areas of policing.

SPS will have all the support and specialized sections that would be expected of one of the largest municipal police agencies in the country. These will include sections that support youth, vulnerable persons, trafficking, traffic/serious collisions, diversity and Indigenous relations, and more. SPS will also be progressive in developing new units to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Yes, SPS will be a part of the Integrated Teams serving the Lower Mainland, which include:

Community Safety personnel figure prominently into our policing philosophy and our goal will be to have them in place once we are fully operational. Having frontline police officers in place is our first priority.

The promotional processes for SPS are still being developed, however they will include various strategies to assess readiness, skills, abilities and leadership characteristics.

During the first phase of the transition, the model will follow the shift schedule used by the Surrey RCMP. Typically, frontline shifts are rotating, 11-12 hours (four on, four off) and have multiple start times to best address peak policing periods. Consideration is being given to multiple models from across the country and any future changes will be driven by call response data and operating procedures that will best serve the City of Surrey, ensuring public safety and employee wellness.

As a major municipal police department, Chief Constable Lipinski is considering some two-person patrol vehicles.

The SPS’s goal is to have the first SPS officers deployed in 2021, and to have hundreds of employees by the end of 2022 with a goal of many of them being deployed to operational policing duties. An exact timeline for this will need to agreed upon by the three levels of government, in consultation with the Surrey RCMP.

TRAINING & EQUIPMENT

SPS police recruits train at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Police Academy located in New Westminster, BC. Recruits attend the Police Academy during the week, and in some cases on weekends. There are no living accommodations at the JIBC. Recruit Constables receive a base salary and benefits while undergoing recruit training at the JIBC, but Recruits are responsible to pay for their own program tuition (approximately $11,600).

Recruit training is divided into 3 blocks:

SPS encourages professional development on an ongoing basis. Additional courses and training with the Justice Institute, partner agencies, post secondary and internal development programs will all be available to SPS members throughout their careers. 

Uniform and body armour will be new for SPS officers and will be light and flexible. Service handguns will be the Glock Generation 5. SPS will also have communal carbines, and a number of other use of force options and equipment for each officer that is currently being determined.

We have a dedicated leadership development training team and a commitment to learning. Leadership training is very important to SPS and we will make a concerted effort to train all staff, and to continue training and development as members move up in rank.

For investigative training, SPS is looking to build a program where there is a continuum of training from Constable to Commander.

SPS will also allocate three days a year for operational skills training, which will include de-escalation, active shooter, and other reality-based training. SPS is also researching resiliency-based training for health and wellness.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & PENSION

Salaries for sworn members are listed on our website: SPS-Sworn-Officer-Salary-List.pdf (surreypolice.ca). Compensation packages include salary and benefits including vacation, pension, extended health and dental, etc.

Benefits coverage typically starts on your first day with SPS. We have a terrific benefits package that includes extended health, dental, and vision coverage, life and travel insurance, and more. More info: SPS-PEO_Benefits-Brochure.pdf (surreypolice.ca)

Yes. SPS participates in the BC Municipal Pension Plan, one of the largest pension plans in Canada. You will typically be enrolled in this pension plan on the first day of your employment with SPS. More info: SPS-Pension-for-Sworn-Members.pdf (surreypolice.ca)

MORE INFORMATION

Please contact us at careers@surreypolice.ca.