Diversity and Indigenous Peoples Unit
Surrey's population is fast growing and ever changing. The Surrey RCMP embraces the values of diversity and recognizes the importance of working with our diverse communities to promote public safety.
The goal of the Surrey RCMP is to have a workforce that is reflective of the city we serve. Collectively, our officers, employees and volunteers speak over 50 different languages.
The Surrey RCMP Diversity and Indigenous Peoples Unit is composed of a Diversity & Indigenous Sergeant, Corporal, and Constable, a First Nations Policing Constable and two municipal employee Diversity Coordinators.
The Surrey RCMP continuously works to develop our relationship with Surrey’s land-based nations of Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations. We have a Community Tripartite Agreement with Semiahmoo First Nation to provide police services to the nation, along with a dedicated First Nations police officer, who has served in the position for 14 years and is a proud member of the Gitxsan First Nation.
The unit's mandate is to enhance Surrey Detachment's ability to connect with the city's diverse communities.
Some examples of projects and initiatives undertaken by this unit include:
- Participation in cultural community events such as the Vaisakhi Parade, Fusion Festival and Surrey Pride Festival
- Outreach to the city's cultural centres and places of worship
- Coordination of detachment tours and safety workshops for newcomers
- Facilitation of diversity workshops and cultural awareness training to all Surrey police officers and support staff
- Translation of public safety materials into multiple languages
- Working together to build relationships with Surrey's First Nations communities through projects such as the Pulling Together Canoe Journey, Orange Shirt Day, the Moose Hide Campaign and participation at community events like National Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Hosting neighborhood safety meetings that are facilitated in specific languages such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Somali to meet with, and engage Surrey's diverse communities
- Collaboration with the Surrey School District Safe Schools to implement the Next 100 Years youth peer mentorship program to support elementary school students in cultural identity building
The Diversity and Indigenous Peoples Unit also works with community partners to enhance our community and promote diversity.
As a result, the Surrey RCMP is part of the following committees:
- BC Law Enforcement Diversity Network (BCLEDN)
- Inter-municipal Diversity Committee
- Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee (SAAC)
- Surrey Delta Immigration Integration Council (SDIIC)
- Organizing Against Racism and Hate Network (OARH)
- Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors Working Group
- Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee (SUILC)
Other Language Resources
- When to Call Police information is available by email request in 10 languages in addition to English: Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Somali and Vietnamese
- Policing in Surrey: A Newcomer's Guide is available online (English; Punjabi; French) or by email request (English, French, Punjabi, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic). The guide provides information about the police services available in Surrey, when and how to contact police and what to expect if approached or questioned by police. You will also find information on crime prevention programs and how you can play a proactive role in preventing crime in your neighbourhood.
Request a Safety Presentation
Community groups and organizations in Surrey can request an introduction to policing in Canada or personal safety presentation. Please send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that all requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks before the presentation date and group sizes number a minimum of 20 participants.
- Statistics Canada: Demographics of Surrey 2016 Census
- City of Surrey: Diversity Outreach Program
- Welcome BC: Newcomer’s Guide
- BC Hate Crime
- BC Human Rights Coalition
- Victimlink BC: Multilingual Resources
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