Note: This page was updated on April 9, 2021 to provide additional clarity.

In the process of hiring experienced police officers, new recruits, or other personnel, the Surrey Police Service conducts a thorough review of the backgrounds of all candidates. Where candidates disclose personal information that is relevant to their hiring, the Surrey Police Service will assess that information to determine whether it is a barrier to being hired. With the hiring of any candidate, the SPS makes an informed decision.

#SPSFacts: Before the hiring of any SPS police officer, or staff member, the SPS makes an informed decision on a candidate’s suitability, including thorough background checks and ensuring any sworn officers are in good standing with their current agency/organization.

The SPS has begun to assemble a team of sworn and civilian staff that we believe will make a strong contribution to SPS and to the City of Surrey through their individual skillsets and extensive policing experience. We invite readers to learn more about SPS at www.surreypolice.ca

Correction to an @SurreyPoliceService (Facebook) follower’s comment on the transition budget and IT infrastructure.

We understand there is much information circulating online and elsewhere about SPS, so we’re taking as many opportunities as possible to clarify information and/or add perspective for all of those with an interest. So, this is a good time to re-state that the SPS transition is tracking to budget (that is, the transition is ON budget). And because SPS is a municipal police service, detailed information is available to the public through reports to the Surrey Police Board at its monthly meetings. The next meeting of the Board is April 20, 2021.

#SPSFacts: The transition is on budget. Establishment expenditures, including infrastructure and implementation of new and more modernized information technology, will be approximately $64M, phased over five years. The cost of running SPS on an annual basis is currently projected at $206M by 2025 and is within the City’s approved five-year financial plans.

Correction to an @SurreyPoliceService (Facebook) follower’s post on training, cars, buildings, uniforms and guns.

We hope this will help to clear things up regarding the cost of facilities, cars, equipment including weapons, training and uniforms.

City Council approves the budget that funds all policing services in Surrey. The City budget for the RCMP contract pays for the members assigned to Surrey. Costs related to support services appear in other parts of the City budget and this can make the RCMP costs appear lower than SPS.

The Municipal Police Unit Agreement (MPUA) between the Province of British Columbia and individual municipalities is what governs the cost of RCMP policing services within municipalities.

Specifically, Article 11 of the Municipal Police Unit Agreement outlines the basis for calculating the costs to municipalities for a variety of items that fall under the categories of Divisional Administration and  National Programs, including recruiting and training. The formulas within the agreement are what determines all of these costs on a per member basis and attributes those costs to municipalities. The costs for these services are billed to municipalities and are not provided for free.

The City pays for assets, including vehicles and equipment acquired by RCMP for policing in Surrey. Under the terms of the Municipal Police Unit Agreement the City can elect to have those assets transferred from the Government of Canada to the City as part of the policing transition. This process is underway through the Surrey Police Transition Trilateral Committee process. Therefore, this is not a new cost item as the existing assets will be transferred for use by the SPS.

The City pays for all facilities used by the Surrey RCMP and the Surrey Police Service. The City already owns most of these and leases a further two to support policing operations. As with the assets, the SPS will operate out of existing facilities during and after the transition.

Our officers will receive new uniforms, including potential upgrades to body armour, but uniforms are not considered a new cost because the City already pays for all RCMP uniforms as a part of contract costs outlined in the MPUA. If there are upgrades to be had, we will be investing in them for officer and public safety.

#SPSFacts: The facilities and equipment the Surrey RCMP use today is owned by the City of Surrey and will be transferred to SPS as part of the transition. There will be no additional cost for buildings, existing radios, cars, weapons or support gear. Training is also already paid for by the City of Surrey through its contract and is not a new cost.

The City currently pays for training of RCMP members through the RCMP contract budget. Future SPS recruits will be trained at the Justice Institute of BC Police Academy in New Westminster and not at the RCMP Depot in Regina. 

Recruits of municipal departments pay the costs of their training at JIBC, but they receive a salary while they attend training. The Province has an obligation to train municipal police officers and provides a yearly grant to fund JIBC Police Academy.