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Delta Police Department

Delta Police Department
DPD Crest Small
Badge of the Delta Police Department (DPD)
MottoHonour, Integrity, Courage, Trust
Agency overview
FormedJuly 7, 1888[1]
Annual budget35.981 million [3]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionDelta, British Columbia, Canada
Governing bodyDelta Police Board
Constituting instrument
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent
Police Constables194[4]
Elected officers responsible
  • The Honourable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
  • His Worship George V. Harvie, mayor & chair of the Delta Police Board
Agency executive
  • Neil Dubord, chief constable
  • 4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent
  • 11375 84 Avenue

The Delta Police Department (DPD) is the police force for the City of Delta, British Columbia, a suburban community in Metro Vancouver with a population of 102,661. As of 2019, the Delta Police Department has an authorized strength of 194 sworn members and 72 civilian support staff, and an operating budget of $35,981,000.[5]

In 2007, the DPD became responsible for policing the Tsawwassen First Nation through an agreement between the nation and the provincial and federal government.[6] Under the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act, the First Nation does not have the power to establish a police force on their own, but are able to do so by requesting the minister of public safety and solicitor general. The nation chose to employ the DPD to enforce its laws.[7] [citation needed]

In 2020, the DPD was recognized as one of BC's top employers.[8]

Delta is one of the safest cities in the Metro Vancouver area, according to Statistics Canada Data [9][10]

The crime severity index in Delta is just under 53 index points, as per the latest statistics from 2018.  It continues to be significantly lower than Metro Vancouver (75.6), B.C. (88.3) and Canada (75). The crime severity index not only measures the amount of crime, but also the seriousness of each offense.

The crime severity index in Delta has been declining steadily since 2014, according to Statistics Canada.[11]

Property crime in Delta trended downward in 2019, a decline of two per cent overall. Residential break and enter was down 20 per cent compared to the three-year average and theft from vehicles was down 15 per cent. The only real outlier was theft over/under $5,000, which was up 14 per cent compared to the three-year average.[12]


The history of the Delta Police Department is closely tied to the first organized policing presence in British Columbia's history.

In 1858, Governor James Douglas appointed William Ladner as the first constable of New Caledonia. Ladner later went on to found the community of Ladner's Landing, which became the hub of the Municipality of Delta, British Columbia, on November 10, 1879.

On August 20, 1887, William McKee, the municipal clerk, was designated as a constable in addition to his duties as a clerk. On July 7, 1888, Joseph Jordan was appointed as Delta's first full-time constable, and with this appointment the Delta Municipal Police Department was formed. Over the next eight years Jordan was dismissed and re-appointed several times, depending on the department's needs and was assisted on occasion by other temporary constables.

By 1900, Jordan had been designated as the chief constable and worked full-time in this role until his retirement in 1911.

The chief constable's position remained the only regular full-time or part-time position until 1931, when the municipal council authorized the appointment of a night policeman. It was the duty of this policeman, whose salary was partly paid for by the local merchants, to patrol the streets of Ladner at night.

The 1950s was a decade of growth for the DPD as membership increased to 11 police officers, and the police station began operating on a 24-hour-a-day basis.

By 1971, the police department had grown to 45 police officers, due to the growth in community population after the opening of the George Massey Tunnel.

Public confidence

Public confidence in Delta Police is high, according to the results of a public survey, released by police in March, 2019. Residents are confident in the DPD’s ability to deliver urgent services, but want officers to be more visible in the community.

Respondents thought the DPD did well in delivering urgent services in a timely manner; dealing with violent crime; having clear and transparent communication through strong social media programs; and consulting with the community to ensure the DPD is meeting their needs and expectations.[13]

Seventy-four per cent of residents give a good to very good rating of officers they had contact with, and 80 per cent of people feel the Delta police do a good to very good job of delivering urgent services in a timely manner, well above the Canadian average.[14]

Recent high profile investigations

Brother's Keeper gang arrests

In February 2019, the DPD arrested three people associated with the Brother’s Keepers gang, seizing weapons and "a significant quantity of drugs".

The DPD, with the RCMP's emergency response team and members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit's uniformed gang enforcement team, executed a search warrant at a Surrey residence that had been the target of a drug trafficking investigation involving the Brother's Keepers.

Police found a loaded firearm, a replica restricted firearm and two bullet proof vests, as well as a significant quantity of suspected heroin and cocaine packaged for sale and a suspected bulk quantity of fermentante.

Three people inside the residence — two women and a man — were arrested without incident and later released, pending charge approval by Crown Counsel.

“To infiltrate a gang is pretty great work by our drug detectives,” Delta Police Chief Dubord said, noting the arrests highlight the inherent dangers and violence associated with drug trafficking.[15]

Attack on Acting Sergeant John Jasmins

In February 2019, Delta resident Manoj George was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman outside Immaculate Conception School in North Delta.

Acting Sgt. John Jasmins, who was picking up his children from school, instructed his children to call 9-1-1 and intervened in the assault, tackling the man and receiving several stab wounds to the abdomen in the process. The woman was also stabbed several times.

"Investigators believe that if John hadn't acted so quickly, the woman involved in this incident could have lost her life. He is a hero," said Delta Police Chief Dubord.

In September 2019, Acting Sgt. Jasmins was awarded a Chief Constable Commendation, the DPD's highest level of recognition, for "his act of exceptional courage exhibited while risking his personal safety," and in November 2019 he was presented with the Award of Valour, B.C.'s highest police honour.[16]

Project Screaming Eagle

Delta Police arrested eight people and seized drugs, cash and a vehicle as a result of a two-month investigation into street sales of crystal methamphetamine.

"Our investigators recovered suspected crystal methamphetamine, cash, and evidence associated to drug trafficking at the scene," DPD public affairs manager Cris Leykauf said in a press release. "While officers were on scene a nearby business owner came over and thanked them for their efforts, noting the residence has been problematic."

The investigation — dubbed Project Screaming Eagle — began when officers with the DPD’'s patrol support team doing proactive patrols in the area "noticed a trend of activity consistent with drug trafficking".[17]

Officer wellness – Bend Don't Break

In late 2018, the department launched a podcast called Bend, Don't Break, which shares the stories of first responders who have overcome significant adversity in their personal and professional lives.[18]

The idea came from Const. Aaron Hill, who spoke at length in the first episode about facing an allegation of excessive force at the same time as being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

"They called me and said I was being investigated for deceit… I was really concerned about what my peers would think of me," Hill recalled in an interview with CTV News.

Const. Jordan MacWilliams is also featured in the podcast. MacWilliams was among dozens of officers called to the Starlight Casino in New Westminster for reports of a distressed man armed with a gun who had taken his ex-girlfriend hostage. In the podcast, MacWilliams describes step-by-step the actions he says officers took during that standoff, from rescuing the victim to attempts at negotiation.[19]

On-duty deaths

On November 2, 1974, Staff Sergeant Ron McKay was shot and killed by Elery Long. This incident occurred when McKay attended Long's residence to speak to him regarding a confrontation that occurred earlier in the day at a local gas station. On May 27, 1975, Long was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On July 14, 1976, Long's death sentence, along with the death sentences of ten other people convicted of murdering peace officers, were converted to life sentences. In 2002 Long was granted full parole which has since been revoked following repeated contacts with police.

On April 8, 2000, Constable Mark Nieuwenhuis was killed in a police motorcycle accident. The investigation revealed that Nieuwenhuis was attempting to stop a vehicle at the time of the accident. A suspect has never been officially named.

See also


  1. ^ "DPD History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  2. ^ "Community Police Stations". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  3. ^ a b "Delta Police Statistics". Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-02-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Police Services. "About DPD". Delta Police. Delta Police Department. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Tsawwassen First Nation". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  7. ^ Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement Act
  8. ^ Employers, BC's Top 100. "BC's Top Employers (2020)". Retrieved 2020-02-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Violent crime in Delta up, overall crime severity index holds steady". Surrey Now-Leader. 2019-07-23. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  10. ^ "Statistics Canada". 29 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Statistics Canada". 29 July 2013.
  12. ^ Ian, Jacques (5 January 2020). "From Apprehending Stabbing Suspect to Foiling Gang Activity Delta Police Had a Busy 2019". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Confidence in Delta police high: survey". North Delta Reporter. 2019-03-17. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  14. ^ "Public Confident in DPD Delivery of Urgent Services but Wants More Police Visibility". Delta Police. 17 April 2020.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "2019 a year of successes and challenges for Delta police". Surrey Now-Leader. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  16. ^ "2019 a year of successes and challenges for Delta police". Surrey Now-Leader. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  17. ^ "Delta police arrest seven, seize drugs and cash from Surrey property". North Delta Reporter. 2019-11-29. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  18. ^ "Bend Don't Break on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  19. ^ Mangione, Kendra (2019-01-18). "'I shot him': B.C. cop once charged with murder describes casino standoff". British Columbia. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
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