In a tweet Wednesday (Nov. 17), Surrey Police Service said it was sending 10 officers to Abbotsford for Wednesday and Thursday. (Photo: SPS/Twitter)

In a tweet Wednesday (Nov. 17), Surrey Police Service said it was sending 10 officers to Abbotsford for Wednesday and Thursday. (Photo: SPS/Twitter)

Surrey Police Service sends 10 officers to Abbotsford to help with flood recovery

This is the detachment’s first operational deployment

This isn’t what the Surrey Police Service’s first deployment was expected to look like, but officers are heading to Abbotsford to help with the flood recovery.

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In a tweet Wednesday (Nov. 17), SPS said it was sending 10 officers to Abbotsford for Wednesday and Thursday.

“While this is certainly not what we thought our first deployment would look like, we are honoured to be able to assist our colleagues,” reads the tweet.

SPS added it’s “an historic moment for SPS as this marks our first operational deployment.”

On Thursday, the first members of a military contingent arrived in B.C. to help with the flood recovery.

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The Canadian Joint Operations Command says nine members of the Edmonton-based 3 Canadian Division Immediate Response Unit arrived in B.C. overnight to start scoping out the scene before planning and co-ordinating ongoing relief efforts in earnest.

According to the province, 17,775 people have been evacuated, with 5,918 properties on evacuation order and 3,632 properties on evacuation alert.

The province declared a state of emergency Wednesday, which will be in place for 14 days.

– With files from the Canadian Press, Katya Slepian



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