LETTER: Surrey’s people are second to none, writes former top cop Bill Fordy

"I have been proud to be a part of the transition in this great city and I look forward to what lies ahead."

Bill Fordy was Surrey RCMP's Officer in Charge for four years before being named the new Lower Mainland District Commander for the BC RCMP.

The Editor,

Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of being the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP. It has been an extremely rewarding position. It was also the toughest position I have taken on in my career – however I believe that is what made it so rewarding.

Surrey was my first RCMP posting back in 1989, and it is where I have spent the majority of my service in the RCMP. I confess that it is not easy to leave. The people here are second to none – both those who work and volunteer at this detachment and those who live in the community.

I live and raised my kids here and the city will continue to be important to me. Fortunately, I will continue to work with Surrey in my new role as the Lower Mainland District Commander.

Surrey is a large city experiencing dynamic growth and, with that growth, we have seen public safety issues change. I have been proud to be a part of the transition in this great city and I look forward to what lies ahead.

There were some extremely dark, or difficult days – the senseless homicide of Julie Paskall and the tragic death of Constable Adrian Oliver while on duty in Surrey. Those were days that made me both question my strength and build my resolve. Those were also days when I was so grateful for the compassion, determination and support of the people in this community and that I worked with.

But the great days far outweighed the dark ones: visiting our youth on Pink Shirt Day, presenting my first Officer in Charge Awards, expanding our Vulnerable Persons Unit, hosting forums and meetings to talk to residents, meeting young police recruits, working with local agencies to launch the Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table, walking amongst you at community events and many more.

As I depart from my role, I would like to sincerely thank you for your support, your trust, and your assistance. It is has been an honour to serve you and be your Officer in Charge.

Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Final Four set at Surrey RCMP Classic, where a new champ will be crowned

Guildford Park beats Semiahmoo, ending Totems’ three-year championship run

Not over yet: Mixture of snow, freezing rain on way as winter storm tapers in Lower Mainland

Environment Canada releases weather alert for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley

Surrey’s newest task force aims to find ‘innovative’ ways to bring in revenue

McCallum says city’s revenue sources shouldn’t ‘completely rely on the taxpayer all the time’

Calling a snow day – or not – is a big decision for Surrey public schools

There’s much to consider before cancelling classes for 73,948 Surrey students

White Rock RCMP tells public to yield to pedestrians at marked crosswalks

Police force received a number of complaints about crosswalk safety

Fashion Fridays: Look your best this year

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

VIDEO: Semi driver records 22 crashes in one icy trip from Chilliwack to Abbotsford

‘Treacherous’ morning had emergency crews struggling to reach stranded drivers

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

B.C. pair ordered to pay $55,000 for oil tank discovered four years after selling home

Judge says defendants breached contract, despite being unaware of tank until basement flooded

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died in Iran plane crash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made it clear that Canada still expects Iran to compensate victims

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Oil and gas industry applauds top court’s dismissal of B.C.’s Trans Mountain case

The high court’s ruling Thursday removes one of the remaining obstacles for the project

Sub-zero B.C. weather freezes clothing in just 45 minutes

A local photographer decided to have some fun with the frosty weather before its gone

Most Read