Surrey's RCMP Members: Proud to Serve Our Community
These are Surrey’s RCMP Members: diverse, passionate, committed. Living and serving Surrey every day. They’ve got our back, we need to have theirs.
Surrey is home to the largest RCMP detachment in Canada. With ~800 officers, who are part of several integrated and highly specialized teams including the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, and the Homicide Investigation Team to name a few. Visit the BC RCMP website for a full list of police services. Surrey RCMP are committed to the safety and wellbeing of Surrey residents.
Through its contract with the RCMP, the City of Surrey establishes the level of police resources, budget, and policing priorities for Surrey in consultation with the Province and the RCMP. The Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge (OIC) reports to the Mayor of Surrey on matters relating to the implementation of objectives, priorities, and goals of the detachment. Learn more about Surrey RCMP’s Governance & Accountability to the City of Surrey.
For over 70 years, the Surrey RCMP has been a centerpiece of community involvement in Surrey.
Just a few of the highlights include:
The Operational Communication Centre handled 363,304 calls to either 911 or the Surrey RCMP non-emergency lines. During this period, police officers attended to 124,392 calls for service. The average response time to emergency (Priority 1) calls from call receipt to police attendance on scene was under seven minutes (6:57);
The Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (“SGET”) continued to provide the Shattering the Image gang prevention and outreach program to both students and community groups in the City of Surrey. In 2022, SGET collaborated with the Surrey United Soccer Club to deliver the Shattering the Image presentation to a number of their teams. In an effort to expand the audience and outreach, SGET will look to engage with other local sports clubs. SGET officers delivered the Shattering the Image presentation 83 times, to approximately 3,300 participants. SGET also conducted 818 Inadmissible Patrons Program checks. As a result of these checks, 77 people with links to drug trafficking, violence and gang activity were ejected from participating establishments;
The Police Mental Health Outreach Team (“PMHOT”) continued to support those facing challenges with homelessness, addiction and mental health. PMHOT has established an Assertive Case Management Team (“ACT”) and an Intensive Case Management (“ICM”) program, and is also involved in the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table, to connect individuals with critical supports and interventions available in our community. PMHOT continued focused efforts to provide an enhanced presence and support to vulnerable populations, and worked with community support providers regarding Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
(“CPTED”) principles focused on mitigating negative impacts on immediate and surrounding neighbourhoods. PMHOT conducted 1,334 homeless outreach checks and has made 5,285 referrals to community partner agencies. The Car 67 program also assisted 1,281 files;
The Detachment continued to work with partners at Fraser Health to advance the HealthIM App initiative to improve response to individuals in acute crisis due to mental health challenges. The procurement of the technology is complete and a Privacy Impact Assessment is underway. Health IM was implemented and went live in May 2023;
The Family & Youth Response Team (“FYRST”) funded under the Surrey Anti Gang Family Empowerment (“SAFE”) program accepted 62 new referrals. They also conducted 29 home visits and 335 school visits this past year. The team delivered 22 presentations to almost 900 students. The team also supported the Next 100 Years Mentorship Program from mentorship recruitment to mentorship training and weekly program delivery. The program connects with 450 Grade 6 and 7 students each week;
Project Lavender continued to empower young women and girls to make positive choices. 50 presentations were delivered reaching approximately 2,500 Surrey youth (in grades 5-7). Unlike 2021, the majority of presentations this year were delivered in person, in a classroom setting;
The Detachment’s Restorative Justice (“RJ”) Program received 41 referrals and supported 43 clients in addressing harm resulting from crime or conflicts. The Safe Driver Dialogue Circle, which looks to raise the awareness of drivers and ultimately create safer roads for all users, received 171 referrals during this period, resulting in 14 circles being held;
The Victim Services program returned to on-scene call outs in April, after suspending that service for the past two years due to COVID-19. Victim Services assisted 1,840 clients, in addition to 494 general inquiries from the public. In a majority of files, staff were able to provide clients with referrals to other support agencies in the community. Cambria (accredited facility dog) and her dedicated handler continue to provide invaluable service and support to some of the most vulnerable in our community. Cambria celebrated her fourth anniversary working with Surrey Detachment in November;
The Community Programs Unit worked to increase participation in the Block Watch program, retain current members and promote community safety for residents across the City. As part of this effort, 45 new Block Watch groups were formed and 75 Block Watch Captains and Co-Captains attended training. There are currently 726 Block Watch groups participating in the program. The program returned to holding in-person meetings in the second half of the year, and in November, hosted five All Captains Meetings (one in each district)
The following community leaders are just some of the many who have gone on record supporting keeping the RCMP in Surrey.
- Former Mayor Bob Bose
- Former Mayor Dianne Watts
- Former Mayor Linda Hepner
- Councillor Linda Annis
- Councillor Jack Singh Hundial
- Councillor Steven Pettigrew
- Former MLA and MP Gordie Hogg
- MP Ken Hardie
- Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman
- Retired Surrey RCMP Inspector Baltej S. Dhillon
1. Unwanted Transition
Surrey residents do not support this unwanted plan. Recent polling from Pollara Strategic Insights following the province's police transition announcement (news release available here) shows that:
- Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) Surrey residents support retaining the RCMP more than double the number of those that think the City should proceed with the Surrey Police Service (28%).
- Majority support for the RCMP is found across the city, including 62% of South Asian residents.
- A commanding 69% of BC NDP voters support Surrey retaining the RCMP.
Multiple earlier waves of polling also confirmed strong support for the Surrey RCMP, including:
- 75% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey with improvements such as increased policing resources.
- 68% South Asian
- 76% Male
- 74% Female
- 92% want to keep property taxes affordable.
- 89% of Surrey residents have a favourable impression of RCMP Members.
2. Future Costs Unknown
- Transition costs skyrocketed from $19 million to over $103 million. The real costs of the police transition remain unknown.
- If the Surrey Police Service transition were to continue, it would take upwards of three years to complete and cost residents an additional $235 million, and $30 million more annually afterward.
- The City of Surrey benefits through millions in federal contributions and provincial tax exemptions by having the Surrey RCMP as their police service. Each year these savings average $22 million, that will be lost by having a new police service. Over five years, that is $110 million in lost revenues for the City that will need to be made up by the taxpayer.
3. Big Tax Increases
Your taxes have been raised significantly to fund the new police service.
- Since 2020, property taxes have increased on average 11% to pay for the overages of the police transition. In 2023, homeowners will see a 12.5% property tax, of which 7% will go directly toward paying down the exorbitant cost overruns of the SPS.
- In 2021, the Capital Parcel Levy was increased from $100 to $300 per homeowner to pay for the police transition. This fund has collected millions of from taxpayers from $17 million in 2020 to a forecasted $52.2 million in 2025.