Sharn­jit Gill ap­pointed as Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Su­per­in­ten­dent for Sur­rey RCMP

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The Sur­rey RCMP has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Of­fi­cer, In­spec­tor Sharn­jit (Shawn) Gill, cur­rent Oper­a­tions Of­fi­cer for the In­te­grated Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (IHIT), has been pro­moted to the rank of Su­per­in­ten­dent as he takes on his new role. Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill will over­see all of Sur­rey De­tach­ment’s com­mu­nity ser­vices in­clud­ing: com­mu­nity polic­ing, youth, bikes, prop­erty crime, crim­i­nal in­tel­li­gence, drugs, gang en­force­ment, and traf­fic. Gill has been with the RCMP in the Lower Main­land for over 26 years and has spent 13 years of his ser­vice in Sur­rey. He be­gan his ca­reer in Sur­rey as a Gen­eral Duty of­fi­cer be­fore mov­ing to In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vices where he worked in the Bur­glary and Se­ri­ous Crime Units. Over the next 15 years, Gill gained ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with Langley RCMP Se­ri­ous Crime, IHIT, Burn­aby RCMP Se­ri­ous Crime, and the In­te­grated Na­tional Se­cu­rity En­force­ment Teams (INSET). In 2012, Gill was com­mis­sioned as an of­fi­cer and re­turned to Sur­rey De­tach­ment as a Duty Of­fi­cer for Gen­eral Duty un­til he trans­ferred back to IHIT in 2014. Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill is also a mem­ber of the Lower Main­land Hostage Ne­go­ti­a­tion Team, and a past mem­ber of the E Di­vi­sion In­ter­view Team. Gill has re­ceived a num­ber of awards dur­ing his ser­vice. In 1997 he re­ceived the Of­fi­cer in Charge Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion for his role in the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of two se­rial sex of­fend­ers. In 2009, he was awarded the Long Ser­vice Medal for com­plet­ing 20 years of ser­vice with good con­duct, and in 2014 re­ceived the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Diamond Ju­bilee Medal for his role as the Team Com­man­der in charge of the pipeline bomb­ings in­ves­ti­ga­tion in North­ern BC. “I feel priv­i­leged to be com­ing back to Sur­rey and I look for­ward to work­ing closely with the com­mu­nity to en­hance public safety in our city,” says Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill. “I am for­tu­nate to have this ca­reer in the RCMP and I ac­knowl­edge my par­ents for the sig­nif­i­cant role they have played – had it not been for their courage and sac­ri­fice in im­mi­grat­ing to Canada in 1969, I wouldn’t be in the po­si­tion that I am in to­day.” Born in Ra­jiana, In­dia, Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill speaks flu­ent Pun­jabi and is the sec­ond RCMP Su­per­in­ten­dent in BC of South Asian de­scent. He has lived in Sur­rey for the past 25 years and raised his fam­ily here. In his time off, he has been in­volved in lo­cal mi­nor hockey, base­ball and soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tions as a vol­un­teer and as­sis­tant coach. “I am pleased to welcome Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill back to Sur­rey De­tach­ment in this new role. I have known Shawn for many years and am con­fi­dent that he will bring strong lead­er­ship and ex­ten­sive polic­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the com­mu­nity ser­vices team as we con­tinue our work in re­duc­ing crime and en­gag­ing cit­i­zens in crime preven­tion,” said Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Bill Fordy, Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Sur­rey RCMP. “We po­lice a di­verse city and, as such, I am com­mit­ted to hav­ing a di­verse se­nior man­age­ment team that un­der­stands the needs of the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in Sur­rey – Su­per­in­ten­dent Gill will be an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to our team.”

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Supt. Sharn­jit (Shawn) Gill

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