A former Delta Police constable has been recognized for past his work in the department and the community with a prestigious award.
Jeremy Pearce is among this year’s recipients of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s 40 Under 40 Awards. The program recognizes leaders from around the globe, exemplifying leadership, dedication and service to their law enforcement profession.
IACP is the world’s largest and most influential professional association of police winners.
This year’s winners come from throughout the United States, Australia, India, United Arab Emirates and Canada.
Prior to taking a position with the new Surrey Police Service, Pearce enhanced Delta’s community policing and crime prevention programs while building strong relationships with community stakeholders.
He led a diverse group of more than 120 volunteers and has successfully mentored many of them toward a career in policing. He has volunteered thousands of hours as a Big Brother, a rider with Cops for Cancer, and a representative and coach for the Special Olympics. Additionally, Pearce introduced a Club Fit program, pairing volunteers and high school leaders with Special Olympics athletes, as well as Active Alliance, a weekly drop-in sports and mentorship program at a local high school.
Pearce also has an affinity for creative community policing approaches. After a significant crime spree in the industrial area, he developed a new, unique multifaceted approach utilizing a team of more than 100 community members, reducing overall crime by 39 percent and providing the local community members an opportunity to participate in community policing initiatives.
Prior to joining DPD, Pearce established a community policing program called Transit Watch with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, which increased transit police presence and rider safety.
“Surrey Police Service congratulates Constable Jeremy Pearce on his very deserved international recognition as one of the rising leaders in law enforcement, with his 2021 IACP 40 Under 40 Award,” said Surrey Police Service spokesperson Ian MacDonald. “Jeremy’s dedication, positivity and community mindedness are exemplary characteristics for any police officer to possess. We are absolutely thrilled to have him as an integral part of our organization for many years to come.”