Jennifer Hyland is the Deputy Chief Constable for the newly created Surrey Police Service (SPS) in Canada. A Canadian police veteran, Jennifer served for a municipal police agency and later joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). She has served in several capacities. In January 2021, Jennifer Hyland was appointed as the first Deputy Chief Constable for the new Surrey Police Service.
We talked about the evolution of the SPS, the planning, hiring, and staffing of a new agency for a municipality larger than Vancouver, British Columbia. Discussion surrounded running meetings, developing a culture of service, women in policing, and meeting the needs of a diverse community.
Our conversation was interrupted by internet instability, and we ended abruptly, but we’ll speak with DCC Hyland again soon. The discussion on the efforts to create from scratch is impressive. The department is beginning to send out SPS officers and over the next few years, the SPS will grow from 100 to over 800 sworn officers. No policies are adapted from another agency - instead, all policies are created from scratch!
Jennifer joins The CopDoc Podcast on May 17th, 2022.