Surrey is home to the largest RCMP detachment in Canada. With ~800 officers, who are part of several integrated and highly specialized teams made up of RCMP and municipal police officers. Some of the integrated teams include 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.
While policing services by Surrey RCMP are contracted between the City of Surrey and the RCMP, the City of Surrey establishes the level of police resources, budget and policing priorities for Surrey in consultation with the province and RCMP. The Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge 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. Click here to read what a standard Municipal Police Unit Agreement between BC Municipalities and the RCMP looks like.
For decades, the Surrey RCMP has been a centerpiece of community involvement in Surrey.
Just a few of the highlights include:
The RCMP is proud to champion several causes in the community, including Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive, Pack the Police Car in aid of Surrey Food Bank, and Sophies Place, in support of children who are victims of physical, mental, or sexual abuse.
Surrey RCMP is a key partner in Surrey Safe Schools, providing prevention and intervention resources and programming to help keep our kids safe in in the classroom. Key programs include Code Blue/Mini Blue which builds positive police-youth relationships through fitness, Shattering The Image, an anti-gang presentation which shares the true story of gang life in Surrey and its consequences, and Wraparound, a program designed to positively attach youth to school, their community and home by building trusting and positive relationships.
Other key community partnerships include the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) Program, D.A.R.E. (a youth-focused drug awareness and prevention program), and Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (S.M.A.R.T.), a program which works to mitigate risk before crises can occur by linking individuals in Surrey with critical supports and interventions. The Surrey RCMP also emphasizes supports for Mental Health. The Police Mental Health Outreach Team attends 27 meetings a month with over 20 agencies. Car 67 is a program that pairs a police officer with a nurse to respond to police calls that involve significant mental health issues.
It is critical that our police service reflect the diversity of our community. The Surrey RCMP Member language profile increasingly and closely reflects that of our City:
- Surrey detachment Members speak 50 different languages
- 83 members speak Punjabi; 62 Hindi; 24 Cantonese
- 31 more members speak a second language in 2019 than in 2017
Additionally, the Surrey RCMP lead the Diversity Outreach Program, which expands the ability of community police officers to connect with the City’s diverse communities, and ensure they are comfortable reaching out to and interacting with the RCMP when needed.
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