Surrey’s new municipal police service had a busy month in July with numerous meetings and engagements with community groups across Surrey. Meaningful engagement with Surrey’s many diverse communities is a core element of Surrey Police Service (SPS). The SPS Community Engagement Team kicked off July at the Surrey Canada Day event, where they had a booth and interacted with thousands of kids and people wanting to learn more about SPS. They also attended the Youth Nations Cup at Cloverdale Athletic Park, and the Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park.

On July 9th, Chief Constable Norm Lipinski and a number of his officers attended the BC Muslim Association’s Eid Al Adha in Surrey, and Chief Lipinski and Sergeant Jag Khosa recently met with the Al Ihsan Educational Foundation to discuss how SPS can strengthen its bond with the community and the youth of Surrey.

Two officers with SPS’s Indigenous Relations Unit joined the Pulling Together Canoe Journey this July along with local Indigenous youth from the Blue Eagles Cadets program. This ten-day journey represents reconciliation between Indigenous communities and law enforcement through relationship building and active engagement.

For SPS officers responding to calls for service and for officers focused on outreach efforts, community engagement and open dialogue are part of the foundation of Surrey Police Service.

You can read more about SPS’s community engagement and the steady progress of Surrey’s policing transition in the Surrey Police Service 2021-2022 Report to the Community at www.surreypolice. ca/report-community.