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Following a unanimous motion of Council, the City is moving forward to establish a police department in Surrey that is accountable to a local Police Board and responsive to the changing needs of our growing and diverse city.

In May 2019, the City completed its Transition and Implementation Plan outlining the rationale and process to establish the new police department within the next two years. Residents are encouraged to learn more about the transition and get involved by completing a survey and attending one of the upcoming events to help build the model for the new Surrey Police. 

The transition will occur in several key stages: 

Surrey Policing Transition Timeline: Steps Completed

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  • STEP ONE: Council Motion - Completed November 5, 2018 expand
    • On November 5, 2018 a unanimous motion of Council initiates the transition to a municipal police service. 
    • Provincial and Federal Governments are notified of the City’s intent to terminate the current agreement for policing (Municipal Police Unit Agreement) 

     

  • STEP TWO: State of the City - Completed May 7, 2019 expand
    • Launch Surrey Police brand
    • Mayor provides an update on the transition process in the annual State of the City address
  • STEP THREE: Citizen Engagement Launches - Completed May–June 2019 expand
    • Consultation and engagement events begin providing citizens with an opportunity to learn more about the transition and provide input on their priorities for the new Surrey Police Department.
  • STEP FOUR: Submit Transition Plan - May 22, 2019 expand
    • Transition Plan submitted with input from Vancouver Police Department and City of Vancouver under a Technical Assistance Agreement 
    • Transition and Implementation Plan is sent to Province for review and approval  

Surrey Policing Transition Timeline: Steps to Come

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  • STEP FIVE: Report on Citizen Input to Council expand
    • Citizen feedback collated into a report to Council to inform decision-making on the implementation of the Surrey Police Department 
  • STEP SIX: Approval of the Transition Plan expand
    • The City anticipates Provincial approval of Transition Plan
  • STEP SEVEN: Appointment of a Police Board expand
    • Once approval is received, City requests that the Province establish a Surrey Police Board
    • Board candidates are selected 
  • STEP EIGHT: Recruit Chief Constable expand
    • Recruitment of Chief Constable and their senior team begins
  • STEP NINE: Officer Recruitment and Infrastructure expand
    • Officer Recruitment and training begins
    • Implementation of new infrastructure underway
  • STEP TEN: Surrey Police Department Established expand
    • Surrey Police Department legally established
    • Handover with RCMP (in development)
  • STEP ELEVEN: Municipal Agreement Terminates expand
    • Municipal Agreement with the Province for RCMP terminates

More information will be provided as the implementation stage progresses and new elements of the transition blueprint are put in place.