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Policing Transition Update
While the debate on policing over the past year created delays in the continuation of recruiting, hiring and officer deployments/demobilizations, the policing transition is slowly getting back on track following the decision of the provincial government in July and the new proposed legislation.
Surrey Police Service (SPS) is fully prepared to scale up the transition so this project can be completed in a timely and fiscally responsible manner. We are making progress, with the hiring of 19 more police officers over the past two months, and the operational deployment of 11 experienced officers in September. SPS now has a total of 338 police officers and 58 civilian employees.
Like any new organization, SPS needs to hire an appropriate mix of ranks, experience levels and skill sets, and then to be able to deploy those individuals into the positions they were hired for. We are working hard to bring the best experienced police officers and recruits to serve Surrey for decades to come, as we continue to build Surrey’s very own police service.
The Surrey Police Board presented updated financials at their September public board meeting. Year-to-date expenditures to August 31, 2023, totaled $43.0M for operations expenditures and $2.5M in capital expenditures. In addition, $5.4M has been spent against the City of Surrey’s one-time policing transition fund this year. You can view the full financial update on the Surrey Police Board website.
The City of Surrey also recently published their Third Quarter 2023 Financial Report. While SPS shows an unfavourable variance of $2.48M, this is due to the fact that the City only allocated funds to SPS up to July 2023. However, when the City’s full budget envelope for policing services is considered (consisting of City Police Support Services, SPS, and the RCMP Contract), the City’s financials show a $19.68M surplus for policing services.
SPS is committed to providing accessible financial information to residents so they can clearly understand the cost of both the transition and their new municipal policing service.
SPS Officer Named to IACP 40 Under 40
SPS Sergeant Kaleigh Paddon was recently honoured as a recipient of the 2023 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 Under 40 award. This annual award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership, exemplify commitment to their profession, and have a positive impact on their communities and the field of policing.
Sgt. Paddon was recognized by IACP for her outstanding work in building SPS’s Wellness Unit and integrating a trauma informed approach to SPS. As a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer, Sgt. Paddon has used her skills and knowledge to promote health and wellness throughout her 18-year policing career. When she joined SPS in 2021, Sgt. Paddon was put in charge of creating programs to support the mental and physical health of both sworn and civilian employees. She also partnered with a psychologist to build a robust Peer Support Program and Critical Incident After Care team that are based on the science of trauma.
Congratulations to Sgt. Paddon and all of the IACP 40 Under 40 award recipients!
First Responders Support Wildfire Relief
On October 1st, SPS hosted a Charity First Responder Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Seminar to raise funds for BC wildfire relief.
The seminar was facilitated by three local BJJ instructors including SPS Constable Christiaan Allaart, a 1st-degree black belt and operational skills instructor at SPS; Sébastien Lavoie, a black belt and retired RCMP officer; and Shawn Albrecht, a 3rd-degree black belt and paramedic. These volunteer instructors guided attendees through intricate moves of BJJ that relate to police and other first responders.
Twenty-seven first responders from municipal police agencies, the RCMP, Emergency Health Services, and local fire departments participated in the seminar, raising $2,005 for the BC Wildfire Recovery Fund.
SPS provides all of its officers with training in Gracie Survival Tactics, which is a BJJ-based defensive tactics program that uses leverage techniques to control subjects as opposed to traditional police use of force options.