Surrey Police Chief Norm Lipinski told the Surrey Police Commission on Tuesday that hiring new officers for the service has not been a problem.
The police department hired its 100th employee on September 7, when 25 new officers joined the organization that day.
Over the next few years, SPS is expected to hire more than 800 agents.
As of September 8, the organization had hired 118 employees. Of these, 102 are police officers and 16 are civilian employees.
Of the total hires, 69 percent are men and 31 percent are women. In addition, 39% are visible minorities and 7% are Aboriginal people.
Asked by board members to characterize the level of interest in working for SPS, Lipinski said the service is “doing well” with its current pool of candidates and sees no need for increased marketing to. the moment.
“At some point in the future we might step up our marketing in this area, but so far we have momentum and I’m happy with the numbers,” Lipinski told the board. “And I’m happy with the type of candidates and our recruiters do a great job bringing quality people to SPS. “
When asked if the ministry has started hiring inexperienced agents for the start of 2022, Lipinski said he has yet to start this process but will do so later this year.
The first group of 50 officers from the Surrey Police Department are expected to start patrolling the city streets by November 30, or possibly sooner.
At least 40 uniformed officers are expected to be on the road while 10 will do investigative detective work alongside the Surrey RCMP.
As part of an integrated, step-by-step process agreed between Public Safety Canada, the provincial government and the City of Surrey, SPS officers will be assigned to positions within the Surrey RCMP, which continues to exercise policing jurisdiction. from the city.
– with files from Tom Zytaruk