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It is an exciting time at Surrey Police Service (SPS) as we are just six weeks away from our first operational deployment. By November 30th, 50 experienced SPS officers will be assigned to duties within the RCMP Municipal Police Unit in Surrey (Surrey RCMP). This is the first step in the phased, integrated transition process that is being managed by the Surrey Policing Transition Trilateral Committee, which is made up of representatives from the three levels of government.
Our Training and Leadership team has been busy helping to prepare these 50 officers for their deployment. This week our second class of experienced officers began their training, while the first class gets ready to graduate. We have involved a number of local community agencies in our training so our officers learn, first-hand, about the community services, groups, Indigenous communities, and local issues for the city they will soon serve.
SPS continues to grow every week. On Monday, we held our third swearing-in ceremony to welcome 42 new employees, bringing our staff total to 154 (138 sworn officers; 16 civilian employees). On October 15th, we opened applications for our first group of New Recruits, and have already received over 200 applications. If you are interested in a career in policing, I encourage you to visit the Careers section of our website and follow our Recruiting team on Instagram at @Join_SurreyPS.
I know residents and business owners have questions about any changes they may see during this first deployment. Rest assured, we will be sharing more information next month. As the Surrey RCMP will remain the police of jurisdiction at this time, we do not anticipate that you will notice any significant changes other than a few officers will be wearing SPS uniforms instead of RCMP uniforms.
As busy as we are preparing for deployment, our relationship with the community remains paramount. On September 30th I joined some of our staff and board members at Holland Park to commemorate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. I also recently had the pleasure of meeting with the Semiahmoo Rotary Club to provide an update on the development of SPS.
SPS knows that the community demands and deserves an accountable, transparent police service. We continue to take steps to provide you with more information. We recently launched a new page Policing Transition page on our website to provide factual information on the transition, and we released our first Report to the Community. The Surrey Police Board has also expanded their regular financial reporting to include more data – you can find these reports here: Past Meetings | Surrey Police Board.
Thank you for your continued engagement as we build Surrey’s own police service.
Chief Constable Norm Lipinski