More than 40 officers from Surrey Police Service (SPS) attended this year’s Nagar Kirtan at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in honor of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The festival, which celebrated the First Guru’s birthday, took place on Saturday, November 5, and brought together thousands of Surrey residents who visited the Gurdwara and viewed the parade procession that went down 68 Avenue and looped around 148 Street.
SPS officers set up a booth on the Gurdwara Sahib grounds early in the morning, helping to greet the public that gathered at the Gurdwara. The officers shared in a meal and interacted with kids and residents handing out stickers and other SPS items. SPS officers also gathered in the Divan Hall to pray and pay their respects together. Following the morning gathering, the officers proudly marched in the parade, handing out headscarves while interacting with residents. SPS members received a warm welcome from the community, and many of the officers spent considerable time talking with residents, taking photos, and answering questions about the police transition. Community engagement is an important priority for Surrey Police Service, and they are committed to connecting and engaging with Surrey residents, religious organizations, business owners, and youth. The transition from the federal RCMP to a municipal service is well underway with over 300 SPS officers hired, making SPS the second largest municipal police service in the province of BC.
For more information on SPS and the progress of Surrey’s policing transition visit their website at surreypolice.ca/spspolicing-transition.