April 30, 2024
News Release

The Surrey Police Board has been made aware that there is information circulating online stating that Mayor Locke has filed a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) in which she states that “twenty-four police vehicles allegedly withdrew their services to the residents of Surrey” to attend a meeting.

Once the Board receives notification and direction from the OPCC, we will take the appropriate steps as required. The Board can confirm that a number of SPS officers did attend a meeting at the SPS Training Centre on April 23 to hear from both Chief Lipinski and Minister Farnworth following the announcement of a police of jurisdiction date for SPS. However, the officers who were on shift were never ordered to attend nor withdrawn from service; this was an in-service meeting where on-duty officers had radios and were available for calls.

Over the course of this policing transition, there have been a number of times when officers with SPS and the RCMP have needed to meet with their leadership team or their union to be briefed on significant developments.

“In-service meetings are a common way for police leaders and unions to be able to brief their officers. However, public safety always comes first – we are acutely aware of the critical nature of Frontline police work and the need to have officers ready to respond to priority calls at a moment’s notice,” said Mike Serr, Surrey Police Board Administrator. “It is highly unfortunate that Mayor Locke continues to misrepresent situations to try to discredit Surrey Police Service. To suggest that our officers would jeopardize the safety of Surrey residents to attend a meeting is not only disrespectful but hurtful to our officers who put their lives on the line for Surrey every day.”

Contact Info

Ian MacDonald
Media Liaison
Phone: 604-349-6985
Email: media@surreypolice.ca