Learn about the structure and function of the Community Services Department.

Department Overview

Community Services is made up of teams that support and enhance the social infrastructure and contribute to community safety and well-being throughout the City.

Our department includes the following divisions:

Strategic Planning and Responses

The Strategic Planning and Responses Division fosters community wellbeing and enhances Surrey’s social infrastructure to ensure connection and equitable access to services.

Strategic Planning and Responses supports community focused programs as well as develops new programs and services in collaboration with City Departments and external partners. It drives the co-creation of forward-looking solutions to enhance the design and delivery of community services for all our residents. The division works across the Community Services Department and with other City departments, to promote and support leading practices in program design, delivery and performance management.

This division is also responsible for policing transition matters.

Manager, Strategic Planning and Responses
Phillipa Sanderson (Acting)

Community Safety

Community Safety develops strong relationships with our community partners to collectively prevent and reduce crime, build safe communities, and promote collaborative community supports.

Key programs supported by Community Safety include SYRP, SAFECHART, SMART, Blueprint Pathways, and Project IRIS.

Manager, Community Safety
Brian Aasebo or communitysafety@surrey.ca

Housing and Social Development

The Housing & Social Development Division is responsible for developing plans, policies, and frameworks to support the development of affordable non-market housing and address priority social issues impacting Surrey residents.

The division supports multi-sector community collaborations and advises internal and external partners on issues related to social development and housing and homelessness.

Manager, Housing and Social Development
Aileen Murphy (Acting)

Police Support Services

The Police Support Services Division is responsible for providing support to the operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Surrey Police Services (SPS) members in Surrey.

The City of Surrey currently contracts policing services from the RCMP. As part of this contract, the City provides support services through municipal employees that administer police systems, provide analytical and strategic support, and manage equipment and vehicle fleets.

Director, Police Support Services
Arjen Ordeman


General inquiries: communityservices@surrey.ca

General Manager
Terry Waterhouse