Why Join SPS
A once in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new and innovative police service
You will hear the theme of "opportunity" as you talk to recruiters and listen to members who have already joined us from other organizations. Most enjoyed the career they had with other police services, but with the Surrey Police Service (SPS) they see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an organization from the ground up that will take a new approach to policing both internally and externally. They are driven to create a police service that will rank among the top employers in Canada, and serve as a model for innovation and community-based policing across North America.
When you join SPS, you'll be working to tailor current best practices and public safety solutions to fit the needs of BC's second-largest city - with sections founded in new ideas, modern practices, and new technologies.
It's an opportunity to show the "new face" of policing, to structure a service that can respond directly to the needs of its community, and to create a culture that is diverse, inclusive, accountable, and supportive - right out of the gate. When you help to shape the future of policing in Surrey, you help make policing history.
A career with SPS also offers other benefits
The potential for an exciting, lifelong career
SPS supports one of Canada's fastest-growing and most diverse cities - and we will grow to become one of the country's largest independent police services with opportunities for new experiences and career progression. If there's a section of specialty you're interested in, it's likely that we will have it. Depending on your skills and interests, over the course of your career you will have the opportunity to serve in a range of units and in partnerships with other agencies, including Lower Mainland Integrated Teams.
Competitive salaries and benefits
SPS participates in the BC Municipal Pension Plan, one of the largest pension plans in Canada. Our compensation package is equal to, or better than, other municipal police agencies in BC – and, unlike many organizations, SPS employees are enrolled in our benefits plan on their first day of employment.
Community-based policing model
SPS is committed to Peel’s Principles of effective, ethical policing. We believe that successful policing is the result of collaboration and respect between a police service and the community it serves – and we intentionally build the relationships and community-based solutions behind our motto, “Safer. Stronger. Together.” Nimble and community-focused, we work together to get things done.
Diverse and inclusive workplace
We’re building a team that reflects the community we serve and the world we live in: inclusive of all ethnicities, cultures, genders and sexual orientations. While we hire the most qualified people for the job, we do so with an eye on diversity and the need for a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. A diverse workplace leads to improved organizational decision-making, with broader perspectives and ideas, and fewer blind spots. Most importantly, it leads to a culture of respect, inclusion and acceptance.
Respectful, values-driven culture
At SPS, we believe in treating each other as we wish to be treated. Our workplace is free from discrimination, harassment and disrespectful behaviour (including bullying), and is supportive of individual dignity, positive self-esteem and mutual respect. Please review our Human Rights and Respectful Workplace Policy as part of your career search with SPS.
Support for health and wellness
The world of policing is changing and, at SPS, we see this as an opportunity to effect positive change. We invest in our people from Day 1, making health and wellness a priority: from our choices in uniform design and equipment selection, to shift-scheduling, training, and ongoing programs that support mental and physical well-being.
Support for training and lifelong learning
It’s not enough to want to be the best, at SPS we invest in the training and learning that lead to innovative solutions, improved officer and civilian safety, and continuous improvement. We are an employer that champions growth and opportunity, and we have established our own in-house training centre so we can host annual training days for officers, as well as train new hires.
Surrey and the Lower Mainland are great places to live
Many of our officers and civilian employees live in Surrey. It’s Metro Vancouver’s most culturally diverse city, made up of six distinct neighbourhoods with a full range of urban and outdoor attractions. You can begin to explore what Surrey has to offer here.
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Is SPS for you?
Beyond the specific qualifications for each position, SPS is looking for candidates who align with our vision and values. It’s important to us that the people who join SPS believe in a progressive approach to policing, and in building a culture of inclusiveness, mutual respect and support. We want people who are open to new ideas, and who want to make a difference in a diverse and growing city – with all of the implied opportunities and challenges.
We expect the police officers we hire to model integrity, credibility, inclusivity, and respect in every aspect of their lives. They should have a strong work ethic, and a commitment to a community policing model that searches for realistic, long-term answers to complex community and social issues, and emerging risks and trends