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Surrey RCMP open house draws crowds for a day of learning about policing

Hundreds attended the free open house

The Surrey RCMP opened its doors to the public on Saturday to celebrate 73 years of RCMP policing in Surrey.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to once again open our doors and open our house here, invite everybody in and really try to get to know us on a different level,” said Cpl. James Mason, media relations officer.

Close to a thousand people showed up for the free, four-hour event that occurred from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main detachment (14355 57 Ave., Surrey).

The open house featured numerous displays and demonstrations that showcased different units within the RCMP in Surrey and throughout the Lower Mainland. It was a chance for people to learn about different policing tools, techniques and resources, including police boats, dogs, bikes and vehicles.

Members of the emergency response team (ERT) rappelled from the roof of the main detachment, and members of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service gave several demonstrations.

“It was a wonderful day to interact with our community and to be able to answer questions about policing and lots of interactive displays, and also for the kids to be able to see police officers in a very relaxed atmosphere,” Mason said.

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Also, on Saturday (May 11), the RCMP detachment hosted a career/recruiting session where people can start the job application process to work with the Mounties in B.C.

The RCMP’s Air Services helicopter has flown at previous RCMP open house events in Surrey but did not make an appearance this year.

-With files from Tom Zillich

Anna Burns

About the Author: Anna Burns

I started with Black Press Media in the fall of 2022 as a multimedia journalist after finishing my practicum at the Surrey Now-Leader.
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