The transition of policing services from the RCMP to Surrey Police Service is a phased, integrated process involving staggered deployments of SPS officers.
In November 2021, the first group of Surrey Police Service officers (SPS) were deployed into policing operations, alongside the Surrey RCMP (see news release). SPS officers are now being deployed into policing operations every two months. The Surrey Policing Transition Trilateral Committee (SPTTC) has approved a phased, integrated approach to the deployment of SPS officers to ensure a seamless and safe policing transition.
During this phase of the policing transition, an RCMP officer or SPS officer - or both - may show up when you call for police service in Surrey. At this time, Surrey RCMP continue to be the police force of jurisdiction, overseeing all operational policing matters.
While the public will see officers in both RCMP and SPS uniforms, all contact information and police station locations remain the same. Surrey residents will continue to report crime and suspicious activity to the Surrey RCMP non-emergency number at 604-599-0502 (911 for emergencies).
Frequently Asked Questions
How do residents report crime in Surrey? Have phone numbers or police station locations changed?
While people will begin see SPS officers in the community, Surrey RCMP continues to be in charge of policing at this time.
All contact information and locations of police stations remain the same. The non-emergency number for Surrey has not changed: 604-599-0502 (911 for emergencies).
Who will show up when residents call police - SPS or RCMP?
When the public calls for police service in Surrey, they may see an officer from the Surrey RCMP or the Surrey Police Service (or both) show up to assist them. Surrey RCMP will dispatch the officer that is closest/available to their location.
Will SPS officers be attending calls on their own, or will they be paired up with an RCMP officer?
As part of the transition and orientation to Surrey Detachment, SPS officers will be paired with a Surrey RCMP officer for a couple of shifts. SPS officers are fully experienced, however some have not worked in Surrey and subsequently would not be familiar with Surrey RCMP processes. This pairing provides the opportunity for this occur. Following that orientation, SPS officers will be attending calls on their own, the same as RCMP officers.
What jobs/roles are these deployed SPS officers doing within the Surrey RCMP?
The majority of the deployed SPS officers are being deployed to the Frontline and will be responding to calls for service. A smaller number of SPS officers have been assigned to the General Investigation Unit.
Why doesn’t SPS have their own vehicles? When will SPS vehicles be in the community?
For now, SPS officers working alongside the Surrey RCMP will use RCMP-branded police cars. It’s one way we’re working together to ensure public safety during the transition’s first phase. Part of the phased transition is gradually familiarizing Surrey residents with the look of SPS – we are starting with uniforms for now – vehicles will be added in the future – the exact timeline has not yet been determined by the three levels of government.
How do I contact an SPS member who dealt with my file?
During this phase of Surrey's policing transition, you may be assisted by a Surrey RCMP or SPS officer. No matter who attended your call, please call Surrey RCMP, or the number on the business card provided to you, if you need to follow up on your file.
For follow-ups, the Surrey RCMP non-emergency number remains the same. 604-599-0502.
How do I make a complaint about an SPS officer?
If you wish to make a complaint about the service you received, who you contact will depend on which agency served you. Learn more about the complaints process here.
How can SPS officers be deployed alongside the RCMP?
On November 30, 2021, an Assignment Agreement was signed by the RCMP, SPS, Surrey Police Board and City of Surrey to govern the integration of the first cohort of SPS officers into the RCMP Municipal Police Unit (i.e. Surrey RCMP). This 18-month agreement covers the first phase of Surrey’s policing transition. Once this agreement ends, it will be replaced by another agreement as part of the on-going transition from the RCMP to SPS for municipal policing duties in Surrey. These agreements do not allow any of the parties to ‘opt out’ of the policing transition. Surrey’s policing transition was approved by the City of Surrey and the Province of BC, and it continues to move forward.
When will SPS take charge of policing in Surrey?
The transition partners are negotiating the process by which SPS will assume command of policing in Surrey in later phases of the transition. The time frame for this stage of the transition will be announced when it is confirmed.