Delta Police first B.C. police force named as top employer
Delta Police Department (DPD) has been named as one of B.C.’s top employers in 2019.
“This is the first time a police force has been named as one of our province’s top employers,” noted Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord. “We’re particularly proud of that accomplishment. Delta is one of the safest communities in Metro Vancouver. I believe it’s the commitment and dedication of our officers and police staff, with the strong support from the community, our police board and Mayor and Council that’s led to that outcome.”
The B.C. Top Employer’s project for 2019 was the most competitive on record. Delta Police and other successful employers were evaluated on eight criteria: physical workplace, work atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.
“Our workforce, both civilian and sworn, must reflect our community and its values,” Dubord said. “Delta Police is well known for its outreach and No Call Too Small approach. But we’re also known within law enforcement circles for the high calibre of our training and equipment. That’s balanced with benefits that provide for a healthy work and home life balance, to ensure our staff are ready to meet challenges. We recently were called to answer a significant challenge, when one of our off-duty officers stepped in to save a woman and was seriously injured. Fortunately the Delta Police Department doesn’t often face such a test. But as this event demonstrably proved, our officers and our police staff are exceptional professionals even under extreme pressure. We may have been named one of BC’s Top Employers, but I think our people are more aptly described as some of the Top Employees in the province. I am so proud of them all.”
Some of the reasons why DPD was selected, according to the B.C. Top Employers website, include:
• Delta Police Department facilitates ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies for job-related courses (with no annual maximum) and a wide range of training programs that continuously evolve —the organization also gives students a head start in their policing career by hiring co-op, intern and practicum positions;
• Delta Police Department offers maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and provides the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence;
• Delta Police Department encourages employees to adopt healthy habits with subsidized membership to an onsite fitness facility, equipped with a range of machines and weights, as well as instructor-led classes including yoga, meditation, and pilates.