Surrey Police Chief Lipinski says recruiting is active and ongoing

IN a recent report submitted to the Surrey Police Board, Chief Norm Lipinski outlined a summary of the hiring of officers to date and a plan for recruiting new officers in the coming months.

Lipinski said: “SPS continues to hire the staff that will be required to put the necessary plans and infrastructure in place for anticipated deployment in Fall 2021 and beyond.” 

To date, Surrey Police Service recent hires include:

* 3 Superintendents – all in place

* 10 Inspectors – all in place 

* 7 Staff Sergeants – start dates April/May 

* 4 Sergeants – start dates April/May 

 “Hiring of these officers takes into consideration the work that is required to accomplish our priorities over the next several months, said Lipinski “This work includes recruiting, training, onboarding, research, planning, stakeholder engagement, policy development, systems planning, development and testing, logistics planning, partnerships and inter bureau planning and transitioning activities.” 

Surrey Police Service is looking for service-driven, experienced police officers and new recruits from all cultures and communities to help establish and run a police service that places high value on relationships and modern police practices that will support the fast-growing and diverse community of Surrey.

Based on the hiring and deployment plan, SPS has provided a request to the Justice Institute of BC’s Police Academy for 26 recruit training positions over the three courses scheduled to run in 2022: 6 seats in January, 10 seats in May, and 10 seats in September.  To assist those considering a career with Surrey Police Service, the department is hosting a series of information sessions for experienced police officers and those hoping to embark on a career in policing, to share SPS’s values, outline SPS’s priorities, and provide updates on timelines, deployment plans and SPS’s commitment to employees. 

“We are looking for people who want to be a part of a modern and innovative urban police service, rooted in community and its people,” Lipinski said.

The first information session will take place (virtually) on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. 

More information will be made available through the SPS website and social media channels (@surreyps Twitter and Surrey Police Service FaceBook) on May 1.