FVREB helps to recognize the efforts of the Surrey RCMP

The Surrey Board of Trade held their 22nd annual Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards on Thursday, October 4 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel.


FVREB President John Barbisan and President Elect Darin Germyn were there to represent the Board; joining in a celebration of the many efforts of the Surrey RCMP to keep the city safe, raising the profile of our Realty Watch program and the Board in our largest community and networking with community leaders.

Darin said, “It was inspiring to see the dedication to protecting our community from the well-respected members of the Surrey RCMP, and we were very pleased to have been involved.”

John presented the prestigious Surrey Police Officer of the Year award (nominated by the community) to Inspector Wendy Mehat. Inspector Mehat has over 18 years of experience with the RCMP. She has worked in federal organized crime units and with the Surrey RCMP’s Professional Standards Unit, before coming back to a “community” position in Surrey. Inspector Mehat was the BC RCMP recipient of “The Times of Canada Excellence in Public Service Award 2017.”

John said, “The members of the RCMP are passionate about what they do, maintaining the publics interest and safety. It was an honour to have participated in the award presentation acknowledging many worthy recipients.”

In 2002, Mehat received recognition with a Surrey RCMP Detachment Commendation Award for her contributions to public safety in Surrey as well as an Award of Meritorious Service chosen by representatives from the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and the police services division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Mehat was promoted to Inspector earlier this year and has contributed towards reducing crime and enhanced community safety and encouraging others to action through new initiatives such as “Car Yankee 30” and cultural training projects.

In all, eight winners were recognized at the annual Awards. For the full list of winners, click here.