BOOTS AND BICYCLES
Surrey RCMP Mobile Street Enforcement Team makes almost 500 arrests in its first year of operation
Surrey cops check out a bicycle rider without a helmet.
CPL ELENORE STURKO—SUBMITTED PHOTO
Utilizing bike and foot patrols, MSET is responsible for conducting proactive enforcement on problem areas, transit corridors and individuals identified through intelligence and crime analysis. The team focuses on nuisance crime, social chronic offenders, and decreasing calls for service. MSET members maintain a high degree of visibility, accessibility, and interaction with the public.
“Our Mobile Street Enforcement Team seeks to not only decrease crime, but increase the community’s overall feelings of safety through proactive patrols,” says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. “Having a sustained presence in key locations such as district centres, shopping malls, and transit hubs ensures that issues are dealt with expediently and consistently.”
In their first year of operation, MSET has made almost 500 arrests, including the arrests of over 160 individuals for outstanding court warrants.
• On February 5, 2019 MSET officers were conducting routine bike patrols when they stopped a man for riding his bicycle without a helmet. A further check of the male revealed he had outstanding warrants out of Calgary. He was taken into custody and a transfer back to Alberta was sought.
• On February 15, 2019 MSET members were conducting foot patrols in the City Centre when they heard a report of a break and enter to a nearby business. The suspect was quickly located by MSET and taken into custody after briefly trying to evade officers.
• On April 25, 2019 MSET officers were conducting foot patrols in a local park when they apprehended a male who was wanted on 13 warrants across the lower mainland and also found to be in possession of cheques not in his name and numerous tools contrary to his court-ordered conditions.
“Our officers have their finger on the pulse of locations where nuisance crime is occurring, and a keen awareness of prolific offenders in the city,” says Staff Sergeant Neil Kennedy, who oversees MSET. “The fact that they can be deployed on bike or foot allows us to provide a rapid response to virtually any area of the city, no matter the terrain.”
As the weather warms up, MSET will also be ramping up its patrols of locations that get busier during the spring and summer months including local parks and beaches. This increased presence will help ensure residents, families and visitors have a safe, enjoyable summer in Surrey.
If you have concern about nuisance criminal activity or suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line (604-599-0502) to make a report.