Surrey RCMP launches Citizen Police Academy


HAVE you ever wondered what policing is really like? Did you know there’s more to it than the patrol officer you see on the road? Apply to join the Surrey RCMP’s Citizen Police Academy.

The Surrey RCMP is now accepting applications for its first Citizen Police Academy, which will be running from September 24 to November 26.

Through the Citizen Police Academy, 25 participants will get an inside look at policing in Surrey during an interactive learning series. This 10-session program will feature a packed itinerary taught by experienced police officers and staff. There will be presentations, demonstrations and hands-on scenarios. Some of the topics covered will include:

* Basic law and the court system

* Crime types and trends

* Day in the life of a patrol officer

* Drug enforcement

* Forensics

* Media relations

* Police dog services

* Polygraph demonstration

“One of the main goals of this program is to engage with citizens and explore what the police and community can do together to enhance public safety,” says Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Surrey RCMP Officer-in-Charge (see photo). “We hope that participants will gain a better understanding of their police service, and in turn, feel empowered to work with us towards a common goal of crime prevention.”

Applicants to the Surrey RCMP Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

* Be at least 18 years of age

* Resident or business owner in Surrey

* Complete and pass a criminal record check (no record or pending charges)

* Be eager to learn, engage and participate in the course

* Be available on all Wednesday evenings from September 24 to November 26

For more information on the Citizen Police Academy and for application information, visit or email

Application deadline is August 31.


Photo by Chandra Bodalia