Diversity means different things to different people. When we speak of diversity, we are speaking from a perspective of respecting our differences. Race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, religious and political beliefs are all included when we speak of respect and moving beyond tolerance of difference to understanding of difference.
This is achieved in part by increasing our education and awareness about the diverse communities in Surrey and taking part in community and cultural celebrations.
We are also committed to community outreach and ensuring the diverse communities are educated and made aware of police and policing practices in Canada. Sharing and learning between community and police enhances understanding and fosters increased trust.
Information available from the 2006 Census has the population of Surrey at 394,976 people, a 14% increase from the 2001 figures. Over the last 20 years, the City of Surrey has witnessed unprecedented growth not only through migration from different parts of Canada but more importantly through immigration from different parts of the world, most notably China and South Asia. This has made Surrey one of the most diverse cities in Canada.
The latest Census figures from 2006 indicate that 46.1% of Surrey’s population identify themselves as visible minorities while Aboriginals constitute 1.9 percent of the population. More than one in four (27.5%) are South Asian and little more than 5% are Chinese.
The City of Surrey predicts that the population of Surrey is expected to grow to 500,000 by 2011. This population increase will in part be attributed to immigration and settlement into Surrey by new Canadians.
The foreign-born population in Surrey according to 2006 Census is 150,235, constituting 30.28 % of the city's population. Visible minorities number 181,005 or 46.1% of the population. As of 2006, visible minority groups in Surrey are as follow:
Surrey is ranked as one of the most diverse communities in Canada. The City of Surrey is focused on creating an environment where every employee can reach his or her full potential.
To achieve this, we work to appreciate, value and encourage diversity. We also integrate and share unique perspectives and capabilities so that our City has a powerful advantage as an employer. External link, opens in a new windowFor more information on diversity at work in the City of Surrey, please click here.
Surrey Detachment is staffed with a complement of close to 600 Regular Members. They work in a variety of areas Traffic Services, General Duty, Neighbourhood Liaison, General Investigative Services, Drug Section and Administration to name a few.
Over 200 full time municipal employees provide support services to the Surrey RCMP detachment. These positions range from Telecom Operators, Readers, Records, Computer Services to Victim Services Workers and the Youth Intervention Program team. These individuals all work for the City of Surrey and are employed in the Surrey RCMP offices. External link, opens in a new windowFor more information about these positions visit our Careers section or the City of Surrey Careers Page.Hate Crimes
If you feel like you are victim of a Hate Crime notify the Surrey RCMP (or your local police agency) to report the incident and make sure to include why you feel the incident was motivated by hate, bias or prejudice. You can also call the BC Hate Crime Team or the BC Hate Crime Victim Information Line.
For more information on the Diversity Program please contact the Program Coordinator.