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Surrey Police Service
Surrey, BC
Full Time
4 days ago



The Surrey Police Service ("SPS") is bringing an era of modern and progressive policing to Surrey. We are a community-based policing service that is at the forefront of public safety. We are committed to meeting our city's unique priorities and building a team that reflects the diverse and inclusive communities we serve. Help us build a new community-responsive police service that will support one of the fastest growing and diverse cities in Canada.

SPS is hiring Sergeants within the Support Services Bureau, Investigations Bureau, and Community Policing Bureau. During their career, Sergeants will serve in more than one SPS Bureau. Sergeants are the first line of supervision in policing and fulfill an important role in ensuring the effective supervision, guidance, and support of sworn officers and civilian staff for optimum community service and officer safety and well-being.

The SPS anticipates hiring for a broad range of Sergeants including Patrol, Diversity & Community Support, Major Crime, Organized Crime, Special Investigations, Property Crime, Human Resources, Recruiting & Training, Communications, Professional Standards, and Planning & Research.

SPS will fill additional Sergeant roles in the coming months and applicants applying for this job posting will be considered for future opportunities.

Reporting to a senior Officer, an SPS Sergeant is responsible for developing competencies within their team while ensuring that organizational standards are met, and objectives achieved. SPS Sergeants help form a respectful and inclusive community-based police service to serve the residents of Surrey. Sergeants co-ordinate, monitor, and respond where necessary, to front line policing activity to uphold the law, enable public safety, and build public confidence in policing in line with legal frameworks and SPS policy guidelines. Sergeants enforce the laws of British Columbia, the criminal law, and generally maintain law and order and prevent crime. Sergeants may take on an operational specialist role requiring specialist technical knowledge and skills.

Sergeants model the mission, vision, and values of SPS through unquestioned integrity and through sustaining a visible, credible, inclusive, and respected profile. They have a strong work ethic and are committed to a community-based policing model that looks beyond immediate issues and searches for realistic longer-term answers to complex community and social issues and emerging risks and trends.


•Oversees problem-oriented policing initiatives, implements the operational goals that have been identified by the staff sergeants and/or Inspectors, and manages personnel issues in alignment with SPS policies and the BC Police Act.
•Provides advice and guidance to team members to ensure responses are delivered within appropriate policies and legislation and achieve the best possible outcomes. Maintains and promotes a respectful and inclusive workplace.
•Identifies opportunities for and coordinates the exploration of new ways of working and innovation in policing, applying experiences and learning, and team input to identify solutions to problems in line with evidence-based practice within own area of responsibility.
•Supports the implementation of problem solving and evidence-based policing initiatives by championing and applying relevant methodologies and approaches to area of work.
•Coordinates and controls appropriate front-line responses and investigations, allocates resources, directs activities, manages risks, and reviews progress to deliver an effective response which supports law enforcement and enables public safety. Responsible for OHS communication, training, and compliance.
•Supervises and monitors the handling of information, intelligence and evidence and record keeping ensuring alignment with legislation, policies and guidance which enables effective law enforcement and the initiation of criminal justice proceedings.
•Facilitates the establishment of goals and objectives for their section and assists in devising solutions for the achievement of these goals.
•Deploys members in accordance with Bureau objectives. Responsible to schedule sworn and civilian staff within their unit.
•Monitors and manages the performance of their team, devices and implements effective strategies to identify issues and improve team/individual performance to ensure adherence to professional standards and contribute to the achievement of unit objectives.
•Assesses individual performance, capabilities and development needs and devises appropriate development plans to enable high performance and potential progression. Enforces strict adherence to policies and procedures.
•Assists with shift briefings, training, and performance evaluations. Educates staff about regulatory changes and new police technology or methods.
•Prepares reports, maintains logs, and ensures the upkeep of departmental records.
•Supports the review and reporting on team expenditures to ensure the efficient use of available budgets and maximize value for money.
•Cooperates with legal and law enforcement stakeholders and testifies in court as required.
•Reviews police documents and conducts inspections of personnel and equipment.


•10-15 years of progressive policing experience in community policing, investigations, or support services. Broad range of experiences at the acting Sergeant level and/or in multiple units as a Constable.
•Minimum high school graduation with additional public safety training relative to the role of Sergeant. Able to demonstrate a track record of continuous development within operational policing and leadership.
•Strong communication skills with the ability to set out logical arguments clearly, adapting language and message to meet the needs of diverse people/audiences.
•Able to develop and motivate a team and create strong engagement of individuals with their personal and team objectives and with SPS values, behaviours and strategic priorities.
•Able to review and assess own, individual, and team performance against expected standards, providing objective and effective feedback and ensuring corrective actions are taken where necessary. Able to coach and mentor team for professional development.
•Able to plan ahead and allocate work appropriately within the team.
•Able to identify key stakeholders and partners, understand potential roles and to take appropriate steps to understand their needs and concerns and develop excellent working relationships.
•Problem solving skills with the ability to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action, drawing on evidence base, designed to target root causes, mitigate risks, and manage impacts.
•Able to problem solve, critically question, and identify potential opportunities to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness across own team.
•Able to identify, analyze, and manage risk to inform balanced, proportionate evidenced-based decisions.
•Able to manage the introduction of new processes or ways of working at team level.
•Skilled in using specialized software related to own area of work to extract, analyze, plan and report on data.
•Able to develop and maintain professional resilience and wellbeing in oneself and others in dealing with complex and challenging situations.
•Able to maintain composure and deal effectively with others and quickly build relationships, trust and rapport with team, peers, and the public.
•Demonstrated knowledge of federal and provincial legislation and municipal bylaws along with a solid understanding of use of force legislation and practices including powers of arrest and search.
•Able to obtain and maintain the relevant level of security clearance throughout employment with SPS.

This posting is open until filled

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