Surrey Bylaw & RCMP Bike Patrol Program Launches
The program will operate 7 days a week throughout the summer and into the fall season throughout the City.
Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey has launched the Surrey Bylaw & RCMP Bike Patrol Program. The program will operate 7 days a week throughout the summer and into the fall season throughout the City. Bylaw officers will be working in tandem with Surrey RCMP Bike Patrol members to establish an ongoing presence in community centre areas across Surrey and improve the safety and quality of life in neighborhoods. This program will be responsible for patrolling designated areas of the neighborhoods on bicycles, identifying problem areas, providing outreach, reporting maintenance issues, interacting with residents and businesses, attending special events and deterring criminal activity.
“I am pleased to announce the launch of the Surrey Bylaw & RCMP Bike Patrol Program,” said Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke. “Our Bylaw Officers will work with the Surrey RCMP to provide our citizens a safe and vibrant environment in which to live and work. From patrolling high-traffic areas and providing outreach, to keeping a watchful eye on our parks and attending community events, Surrey Bylaw & RCMP Bike Patrol officers will help keep our community safe and liveable while supporting those in need.”
Surrey Bylaw & RCMP Bike Patrol officers will be highly visible in sensitive and busy-traffic areas, including parks, green spaces, remote locations, and areas not easily accessible by vehicles in community centre areas.
Officers will engage with the public, identify problem areas, provide outreach by connecting individuals to resources and shelter, attend special events and assist in the enforcement of bylaws and regulations. Officers will also gather intelligence and work closely with the police to identify and respond to emerging issues and proactively patrol for maintenance issues such as graffiti, dumped garbage or broken streetlights and report them to the appropriate department for resolution.
“Our Surrey RCMP Mobile Street Enforcement Team is looking forward to working collaboratively with our partners at City of Surrey Bylaw Enforcement to provide all of Surrey’s community centres with enhanced patrols,” states Surrey RCMP Senior Operations Officer, Chief Superintendent Shawn Gill. “Using bikes, the officers will be able to patrol areas that cannot be accessed by vehicle and this will bring enhanced safety and security to our busy City centres during peak periods.”