Encouraging women to consider a career in policing, championing them through the application process, and supporting them once they join SPS is how we are working to redefine policing for women. 

At Surrey Police Service (SPS), we actively encourage women to start and grow their career in policing by offering recruiting initiatives, support, and development opportunities that are tailored to women. We know that in order to make a difference, we need to be different, and that’s why we’re intentional about fostering an inclusive environment at SPS and working to remove systemic barriers traditionally experienced by women in policing. 

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Part of our commitment to supporting, mentioning and developing female leaders at SPS was the creation of our Women in Leadership Committee. This committee is made up of senior female sworn and civilian leaders who are committed to supporting, mentoring, and developing women at SPS. They meet regularly to address policies, establish training opportunities, and provide input on important initiatives like  SPS’s promotional system, the design of a gender-informed  uniform, and training scenarios that directly address officer safety issues commonly experienced by women. The committee is also developing a mentoring program to support more junior women in sworn and civilian roles.

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SPS recently joined the 30x30 initiative, becoming one of the few Canadian police agencies to take the pledge to have 30% female recruits by 2030. Through this initiative, we have pledged to:

  • take measures to increase the representation of women in all ranks,
  • promote equitable hiring, retention, and promotion of female officers, and
  • share our hiring, promotion, and demographic data with 30x30 to show our progress towards the 30x30 goal.

For more information visit: https://30x30initiative.org/

30x30 initiative

We spoke with several women, from the newly hired to the more experienced, to learn more about their journey in policing, and why they decided to join SPS. Click on the video below to watch.

SPS regularly hosts specific events for women interested in a policing career. From information sessions tailored to women to hands-on policing workshops at our training centre, we are committed to helping prospective female recruits understand the application process, how they will be supported, and what a policing career looks like through the eyes of some of our female officers.

Check our Events page regularly to see when these events are scheduled.


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Did you Know:

We identified a need for a gender-informed ceremonial uniform that was both contemporary and designed to fit female officers. Staff consulted with the Women in Leadership Committee and the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University to help in the design process. That partnership helped SPS win the 2024 Best Dressed Police Department award from the Network Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors.


If you would like to speak with a Recruiter, email careers@surreypolice.ca or call us at 604-591-4084.