The Surrey Police Service marked a milestone on Tuesday, hiring its 100th officer as the force continues to ramp up its recruitment.
All told, 25 new officers came on board on Sept. 7, including a constable that made for the 100th.
It was the largest single-day addition of staff for the SPS, which is to eventually replace the Surrey RCMP. Ian MacDonald, spokesman for the SPS, said a sergeant and a constable are in the wings and “they will be on the team in coming days.”
Melissa Granum, executive director of the Surrey Police Board, told the Now-Leader that “the overall budget for the transition is $63.7 million and this is what is anticipated to be the total cost.”
On Aug. 3, the SPS announced that its first group of 50 officers will be on duty by Nov. 30, anticipating 40 will be on the road and 10 will be doing investigative work alongside Surrey Mounties. The SPS intends to hire more than 800 police officers, in phases, over the next couple of years and these will be experienced officers and new recruits.
So far, of 23 management positions, 65 per cent are male, 35 per cent are female, 22 per cent are from a visible minority and 17 per cent are Indigenous.
“Surrey Police Service prioritizes diversity, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it builds a healthier and stronger organization,” Deputy Chief Const. Jennifer Hyland said.