Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards

Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards

On October 4th, 2018, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 22nd Annual Surrey Police Officer of the Year and Business Awards. The recognition of the tremendous work of businesses and the Surrey RCMP Detachment, through their exemplary service and commitment to making Surrey a safer place to live and do business in, continues to be the premise of this event.

The Surrey RCMP along with Surrey’s RCMP Auxiliary, civilian employees and volunteers will join members of Surrey’s business community to celebrate those individuals who have been chosen by their peers and the public to receive the Police Officer of the Year Awards. The nominees are judged in the areas of: innovation, commitment, contribution and perseverance.

This event is about hope. It is about working together to make a difference to Surrey. It is about celebrating our collaborative efforts and recognizing the hard work of our Surrey RCMP.

The event celebrates, recognizes and takes great pride in the over 63 years of outstanding service given by the Surrey RCMP Detachment, their staff and volunteer teams.

The Surrey Board of Trade has enjoyed a partnership with the Surrey RCMP over the years and I think this event really started that partnership of community safety with the business community – obtaining feedback on our government advocacy from local, provincial to federal issues that include:

  1. Identity Theft to prompt changes in the criminal code
  2. Counterfeit goods/intellectual property
  3. Judicial Accountability
  4. Crime Reduction Solution Breakfasts in Surrey
  5. Fraud Awareness
  6. CyberCrime

The Surrey Board of Trade has had success in some of these issues where a lot of the language of our recommendations have been incorporated into the Criminal Code – and in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce based in Ottawa – we are working to impact change for the safety of our business community. It is this that is a key economic fundamental to retaining and growing businesses in not only Surrey but across the nation.

These awards, the only one of its kind in Canada, celebrate the work and innovation of our Surrey RCMP. The event continues to support the RCMP Youth Academy.


Nominations are due July 13, 2018, by 5:00 pm.

Nomination Form – Nominated by the Community

Nomination Form – Nominated by the RCMP

Award Categories

  1. Police Municipal Employee of the Year: The recipient will be a municipal employee who has made an outstanding contribution throughout the year to the detachment and their unit.
  2. Police Volunteer of the Year: While it goes without saying that every volunteer contribution is outstanding, the recipient will be a volunteer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to police service at Surrey detachment in any volunteer capacity.
  3. Police and Business Partnership Award: The recipient will be a business person, organization or company which has through their crime prevention initiatives to policing made a significant impact on the ability of Surrey Detachment to serve the city at a higher level.
  4. Police Officer of the Year: The recipient will be a police officer who has demonstrated by his or her conduct, department, work ethic, ability and leadership the qualities of a role model within the detachment and worthy of this type of peer recognition.
  5. RCMP Auxiliary of the Year: The recipient will be an RCMP volunteer auxiliary who has demonstrated by his or her conduct, department, work ethic, ability and leadership, the qualities of a role model within the detachment and worthy of this type of peer recognition.
  6. Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award: To recognize outstanding community policing and problem-solving initiatives which, through the cooperative effort of individuals or groups, reduced or eliminated a problem, thus impacting positively on the safety and well-being of the community.
  7. Police Team Award: To recognize outstanding and innovative team policing

Strong nominations will include answers to the following:

  1. Innovation: Has the individual or business developed an innovative idea, project or strategy? Explain.
  2. Commitment: How has the nominee shown their commitment to Surrey?  Does the nominee participate in community projects, programs, and/or activities?
  3. Contribution: How has the individual or business contributed towards their department or reduced crime or enhanced community safety?
  4. Perseverance: How has the individual or business helped to encourage others to action?  Has the nominee exhibited perseverance?

Instructions for 2018 Nomination Process

  • Submissions should be typed, in a Word or PDF document, and should be no longer than 400 words.
  • Please include your name, address and phone number, and the contact information of the nominee.
  • For Police Team nominations, please include the names of the team members being recognized as part of your nomination, when possible.


Please submit your nomination to:

Melissa Peel
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549

2017 Winners

Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award: Surrey Outreach Team

Police & Business Partnership Award: Stephen Boyd

Municipal Employee of the Year Award: Amanda Schenk

Volunteer of the Year Award: James Ram

Auxiliary Constable of the Year Award: Auxiliary Constable Karen Summers

Police Team Award: Youth Section

Police Officer of the Year Award – Nominated by Peers: Sergeant Heather Matthew

Police Officer of the Year Award – Nominated by Community: Sergeant Winston Shorey

2017 Finalists

Car 67 

The Surrey RCMP Police Mental Health Intervention Unit (PMHIU) – Car 67 program is a partnership with the Fraser Health Authority.  A trained police officer works alongside a Mental Health Nurse to provide specialized police response in situations where mental illness is a significant factor. This partnership has been successfully running in Surrey for 14 years.  It provides both an enhanced police response together with a medical/mental health component that is both informed and effective in situations involving significant mental health issues. The team assists in situations where there is a present mental health crisis, providing on scene intervention, assessment, and facilitating access to appropriate care either pursuant to the Mental Health Act or on a voluntary basis.  In less acute situations, the Car 67 team provides consultation services to police officers and clients that can address the situation at hand and work in partnership with the PMHIU for the administration of short and long-term case management plans.

Mini-Blue Program

Mini-Blue is a partnership between the Surrey RCMP and Surrey Schools. Piloted at Strawberry Hill Elementary and Mary Jane Shannon Elementary, the program was held two days per week during the school lunch hour and engaged youth in grades 5, 6, and 7 with Surrey RCMP officers. Mini-Blue focuses on relationship building and mentoring through fun physical activities and interactions. Participants are taught the value of teamwork, self-confidence, and physical fitness. Different themes are discussed each week including drug awareness, Internet safety, leadership, and what it means and takes to be a good member of the community. The Surrey RCMP’s Youth Unit and Surrey School District also ran a series of Mini-Blue sessions at 10 elementary schools over spring break. Moving forward, the Surrey RCMP plans to expand the Mini-Blue program into additional elementary schools across the city.

Surrey Outreach Team

The Surrey Outreach members, a team composed of By-law officers and RCMP members has been to develop integrated strategies to address crime in a holistic manner in the 135A Street area over the past 8 months. This has been achieved with a combination of community engagement, crime prevention initiatives and crime reduction strategies that have greatly impacted the local area. Created also to address the deaths that have been caused by the fentanyl crisis, the SOT is working diligently, sometimes under the harshest conditions, to ensure a difficult balance between the needs of the vulnerable on 135A Street and the protection of the community at large. The SOT has enhanced communication between the police, the community, Fraser Health and all the local service providers, which are all trying to provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our society.

B Watch Missing Person Response Team

Constable Dorrington and Constable Harris were involved in the B Watch Missing Person Response Team since its inception in September 2016. What started as a pilot program to deal with high risk missing youth has become common practice for the entire Surrey RCMP detachment. The strategy involves having missing youth investigations handled by the same officers rather than a myriad of officers, providing consistency and the ability for the investigating officers to build rapport with at-risk youth commonly reported as missing. After the three-month pilot project period, Cst. Harris and Cst. Dorrington presented their findings to the senior leadership team of Surrey Detachment, which resulted in an expansion of the project to a full time unit on all 4 General Duty Patrol Teams.

Training Section

The RCMP Surrey Detachment Training Section, under the leadership of Corporal Jennifer Schiffner, consists of four training Corporals and four municipal employees that assist in the direct delivery of training initiatives. Corporal Schiffner and her team have received specialized training to implement a unique variety of training conducted with police officers, auxiliaries, and other staff. Their objective is to plan, deliver and develop training that meets both the mandated legislative requirements as well as pro-active training. In addition to full-time members, the Training Section has over a dozen part-time instructors that have been trained to assist the RCMP with course delivery. The RCMP Surrey Detachment Training Section provides training for over 800 police officers, well over 100 auxiliaries, and assists with other municipal staff.

Youth Section

The Youth Section acts as a central liaison point for youth files within the Surrey RCMP. Through education and collaboration, the Youth Intervention Program has observed a 50% increase in referrals and the Restorative Justice Program has experienced a 70% increase. As a result, many more victims, youth, and families are able to access the support they need. In May 2016, the Youth Section collaborated with other Detachment personnel to pilot the innovative Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline. Using this Helpline, community members can proactively request police involvement, including a home visit from a Youth Section member, to form a plan to guide their children away from criminality. As a result, numerous Surrey families have been able to connect with counseling and mentorship before having negative contact with the police. RCMP leadership has taken notice of the positive work being done and has approved the expansion of the Youth Section to allow it to continue to flourish in prevention, intervention, education, and enforcement efforts.

Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd’s contribution, perseverance, and leadership have enabled him to successfully run the RCMP initiative, ‘Think of Me’ (TOM), a program that educates students and motorists about the importance of safety within school zones. Stephen organized and promoted this program with schoolteachers and informed parents of the program through school newsletters. His understanding and passion of safe driving motivated the entire organizing team. Without his support and organization, the program would not be the success it is today. Stephen is an active player in bringing to life the vision of raising the profile of the Surrey’s RCMP’s positive community engagement through the TOM program.

Karen Klein

Karen Klein’s commitment to community and public safety is unwavering and inspiring. She goes above and beyond to ensure the district offices have what they need to meet the needs of the community whether that be Lock Out Auto Crime signage for a Block Watch strata, Fatal Vision Goggles for an event, or coffee for volunteers who have been standing in the rain supporting various initiatives. The RCMP have partnered with Karen and ICBC on various initiatives that include, but are not limited to Project Swoop, Think Of Me, Cell Watch, Distraction Driving, and the pilot Operation-PLK  (Protect It, Lock it, Keep It) program. The success of these initiatives is partly attributed to Karen’s hands-on approach and ongoing support.

Lookout Emergency Aid Society

Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a charitable organization and social safety net that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options. Their efforts to work pro-actively with the Surrey RCMP, and other agencies, has not only supported housing for those in the greatest need, but also the overall public safety and wellbeing of the community. The Lookout Emergency Aid Society has worked collaboratively on different RCMP initiated projects such as the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (SMART) and the Surrey Outreach Team, embracing the collaborative approach, understanding the significant value in working with the police to further community wellbeing and public safety.

Amanda Schenk

In December 2016, Surrey RCMP embarked on a complex theft investigation, where approximately $500,000 was stolen. Amanda Schenk was assigned to the Economic Crime Unit (ECU) file in March 2017 to assist with mapping and the analysis of phone records. At the time, investigators did not have enough evidence to pursue charges against possible suspects. Amanda analyzed thousands of phone records and identified patterns and trends. Her analytical findings rapidly advanced the investigation, allowing the investigators to focus on a number of suspects. The work produced by Ms. Schenk on this investigation demonstrated a strong partnership between Municipal Staff and the RCMP. Amanda is consistently requested for by members and is frequently brought in to assist with complex investigations where she continues to produce outstanding work and support to the Surrey Crime Analysis Section.

Susan Stickley

Susan Stickley has been an excellent leader, keeping staff and volunteers engaged and motivated. She assisted with the organization of a standard orientation program for all new volunteers, which included the ICBC Speed Watch and Cell Watch program. Susan also took part in planning the new recognition program for volunteers, which was a semi-formal main detachment BBQ, followed by a summer Ice-cream “family friendly” party allowing volunteers to celebrate the work they do with loved-ones. Susan has helped streamline several programs within the Surrey RCMP, including centralizing Speed Watch, and data reporting.  During her tenure, volunteer support for the ICBC road safety and the Speed Watch patrols initiatives have increased considerably. Susan has a positive attitude, friendly and welcoming personality, which compliments the work she does every day at the Surrey RCMP.

Jana Stocker

Jana made a significant contribution to the Surrey RCMP Detachment by establishing the Restorative Justice Program. She has continued to shape the program while supporting over countless victims and over 1300 offenders to repair harm. Whether Jana supports her clients with face-to-face peacemaking circles or individual meetings with offenders, an agreement to repair the harm is always created and may include writing an apology letter, paying restitution, or committing to community service. Her perseverance to gain referrals for violent and other serious offences has paid off since recidivism rates for her program remain at a remarkable 3% despite accepting more serious files. Jana is a true pioneer of Restorative Justice in Surrey and consistently delivers quality service to the community.

James Ram

James Ram became a volunteer with the City of Surrey in September of 2016. Since then, James has volunteered 200 hours and remains incredibly active and engaged in the volunteer program. James has been the main point of contact for weekend engagement events and lead in the organization and execution of both the Surrey RCMP Open House and Cloverdale Rodeo Cone Zone Events. James attended all the shifts over the Rodeo weekend and coordinated all of the volunteer shifts and responsibilities. James carries himself with a high level of professionalism, acts as a role model for other volunteers and demonstrates all the City of Surrey core values. James has shown incredible heart, dedication, and commitment to the City of Surrey and the Surrey RCMP.Roger Reid

Roger Reid

Roger has been assisting the Community Programs Coordinators with the training of newly on-boarded Surrey RCMP Volunteers. Taking the new recruits on site tours of the various district offices, accompanying them on the Speed Watch, Lock Out Auto Crime and Stolen Auto Recovery Shifts and generally acting as a role model. Roger brings new ideas and innovations forward for various shift deployment options and gets excited at any new opportunity that arises, from Park Patrol shifts to Project 529 Bike Registration events. His commitment to the Surrey RCMP Volunteers training and volunteer program is commendable. Using him as an example and seeing him on shift helps to inspire the new recruits and illustrates a perfect example of what the RCMP is looking for during shift deployments.

Tally Wade

During the roll out of the new Surrey RCMP Volunteer program, Tally helped to develop and administer training to the volunteers for the Block Watch program. As a Block Watch Captain with a teaching background, Tally created and delivered the volunteer training to all of the newly recruited Surrey RCMP volunteers. She has been a key volunteer in the Cloverdale pilot program, which is being used to engage the business community and is a regular volunteer for the Surrey Community Safety Tours. Tally’s experience and dedication with newly recruited volunteers has helped to create a welcoming and efficient environment. Her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm have made this year’s training program for new volunteer recruits a huge success.

Auxiliary Constable Terry Mann

Terry has been a member of the auxiliary team for the past 3 years and is a recent adoptee from the Whistler Auxiliary program. Terry participated for the first time in the 2016 Project SWOOP, which is an ICBC facilitated partner program whereby multiple agencies work together to educate and enforce speeding around the City of Surrey. Terry was very enthusiastic and willing to assist in any area he could. Despite recent changes to the auxiliary program, Terry demonstrated flexibility and follow direction from regular members. Terry often gives of his time for many community engagement events and is a valued member of the Surrey auxiliary team.

Auxiliary Constable Karen Summers

Karen Summers has been a member of the auxiliary team for the past 25 years. She works closely with Surrey RCMP District offices and steps forward to volunteer at a variety of community events. Karen brings great enthusiasm and passion for community safety to each project. She is warm and approachable and is always willing to help others out with a smile. Her notable projects include Project SWOOP, an ICBC partnered-program which multiple community agencies work together to educate and enforce safe driving around Surrey. Karen was quite willing to continue her participation in the auxiliary program, despite new restrictions, and was an asset to the team in Surrey. Her commitment and dedication are unparalleled, and even after 25 years, her service is unwavering.

Auxiliary Constable Ryan Tonogai

Auxiliary Constable Ryan Tonogai was enlisted to help with the “Code Blue” after school fitness program at Kwantlen Park Secondary School in North Surrey in January 2017. The program runs throughout the school year; providing Police style fitness training to high school students. Ryan showed a high level of commitment in attending every Thursday for the entire school year, ensuring that he made arrangements with his work to leave early enough to be on time. Ryan is a person who values personal fitness and contributed significantly to the Code Blue program by leading the participating students in warm ups and exercise routines both inside and outside of the school gym. Ryan is a natural motivator and always took time to encourage those students who were struggling to keep up and complete the exercise or task. Students enjoyed participating and getting to know Ryan who served as a great example for the Surrey RCMP Auxiliary Program.

Corporal Carl Garlinski

Cpl GarIinski currently works in Community Response Unit (CRU) in District 1 in Surrey, B.C. He has been part of many innovative programs including a Joint Field Office (JFO) with Transit Police, the Boost and Bust program, and the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (SMART). While working on the Boost and Bust initiative, Cpl. Garlinski partnered with the Vancouver Police Department, Drugs and Property Crime, to help solve a case, which eventually lead to the seizure of over $10,000 in stolen merchandise. Cpl Garlinski then took on the role as RCMP liaison for the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (SMART), referring nearly 160 cases. This program assists people with drug addiction, mental illness, and income assistance by providing them shelter. Cpl. Garlinski is one of the best police officers due largely to his planning skills, passion for policing and care of his team members.

Sergeant Alison Good

Sgt. Good is responsible for all Emergency Planning and Preparedness as well as Community Events Planning and Resourcing within the Surrey RCMP Detachment. Sgt. Good works tirelessly as she prepares and plans over 74 community events that are supported and attended by the Surrey RCMP. She works with members of the detachment to develop their skills in site management, oversight, and post-event analysis.  She is developing those around her in an effort to demonstrate to members the importance of a strong working relationship with the City of Surrey. She cares very deeply about the community and it is evident in her commitment and dedication. She is one of the reasons our community has been highlighted for its many festivals and community events.

Sergeant Heather Matthew

Sgt. Matthew is the NCO in charge of the Vulnerable Persons Section, which contains the Police Units, Missing Persons, Integrated Mental Health Intervention, and Integrated Domestic Violence. She supervises 25 members, which include police officers and civilian employees. Sgt. Matthew is an outstanding example of a supervisor. She brings to every situation a calm sense of leadership and provides clear direction. Sgt. Matthew provides clear direction and delivers constructive feedback to her teams that is always well received. Sgt. Matthew was recently the NCO in charge of the Integrated Domestic Violence Unit, where she created an environment of innovation. Under her direction, the Domestic Violence Unit grew from 4 to 14 members and every member was made to feel welcome and was always encouraged to contribute.

Corporal David Fouche

In 2013, the Surrey RCMP launched Code Blue, an after-school fitness training program led by RCMP officers in select Surrey secondary schools. Police officers participate and engage students in grades 8-12 in physical activity workouts that resemble police officer training. When the constable in charge of the program retired this year, Corporal Fouche volunteered to keep the program in place. Waning student interest, the fight for gym time and other personal commitments didn’t deter him. Corporal Fouche’s commitment, contribution, and perseverance allowed the program to survive and it culminated in students from the eight Surrey high schools competing in the Code Blue Final Challenge Event – a mini track meet that was enjoyed by all.

Sergeant Jennifer Schiffner

Sgt. Jennifer Schiffner is a highly energetic, personable and committed member of the Surrey Detachment Training Section. Under her leadership, her team continues to develop a culture of engagement and outreach at Surrey Detachment. Sgt. Schiffner attends Watch briefings to address issues of police and public safety and discuss training opportunities such as supplemental firearms training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Sgt. Schiffner was instrumental in the development of the first Immediate Action Rapid Deployment of its kind. Later in the year, Sgt. Schiffner advocated for and went on to facilitate MP-5 user courses for plain clothes members. Sgt. Jennifer Schiffner’s commitment and dedication are what allows the Surrey Detachment to continue to prosper.

Sergeant Winston Shorey

Sgt. Winston Shorey is a team player that embraces new technology and supports the Cloverdale BIA email information-sharing program called “Heads Up”. He has also been informing the community on new ways to report crime, by teaching them to use a new RCMP Smartphone App. Sgt Shorey consistently updates the public through social media with timely information and always addresses issues as they occur. Winston works collaboratively with members of the community and the fire department to promote safety and he and his crew can be found at all Cloverdale events like the Rodeo, various parades, car shows, and community festivals like Market Days, the Chili cook-off and Bed Races. He visits a great number of businesses and members in the community through outreach programs and coffee shop meetings and always has a positive outlook on policing and keeping Cloverdale safe.

Previous Winners