"Our board-approved strategic plan puts an emphasis on creating a diverse and accountable police service that is focused on community-based policing practices and public safety.
SPS’s strategic plan is informed through extensive community consultation and stakeholder relations. SPS uses a combination of opinion surveys, stakeholder interviews, and focus groups to develop the strategies and priorities within its strategic plan. "
On behalf of the Surrey Police Service, I am pleased to present Surrey Police Service’s (SPS) first strategic plan, since the Service was established by the Surrey Police Board in August 2020.
Building a modern, responsive police service from the ground up is no easy task; it requires careful planning, input from interested and affected parties, and hard work. Our 2022 Strategic Plan will guide us in the continuing development of SPS and allow us to focus our energies on the areas that have been identified as priorities over the next year.
This strategic plan has been primarily informed by the community consultation project that SPS undertook from June to October 2021. Through a public opinion survey, stakeholder interviews, and a series of focus groups, input was gathered from over 1,200 Surrey residents and local organizational representatives. We also obtained feedback and ideas from our senior leadership team and the Board.
Three goals were identified for 2022: develop SPS, develop our employees, and develop our community policing model. The theme, of course, is “development” – of our organization, our people, and a community policing model. Throughout this plan, you will see a focus on hiring the right people, training and wellness, researching best practices, youth and Indigenous communities, and planning for the next phases of the policing transition.
In 2021, SPS reached a number of milestones, including our first deployment into policing operations, as part of the phased, integrated policing transition. Over the next twelve months, we will work on implementing the actions outlined in this strategic plan.
The key to our success, as always, will lie within the community we serve. As our motto states, we believe we are “Safer. Stronger. Together.” I encourage you to stay connected with SPS as, together, we continue this once in a lifetime opportunity to build a police service that is tailored to Surrey.