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150th Anniversary

The New Westminster Police Department is marking its 150th anniversary in 2023. The police department dates back to March 10th, 1873, when New Westminster’s city council authorized the hiring of Constable Jonathan Morey – making the New Westminster Police Department one of the oldest in Western Canada.

Since the day Constable Morey started his job, over six hundred men and women have served or are presently serving the citizens of New Westminster. This does not include the many civilian staff, reserve constables and volunteers who have dedicated their time to New Westminster.

The police department will celebrate the 150th anniversary throughout the year with special programming, tributes and a special anniversary challenge coin.

A media release about our 150th anniversary can be read here: New Westminster Police Department marks 150th anniversary – New Westminster Police Department (


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