Deputy Chief Hyland’s policing career spans more than 23 years in both municipal and RCMP policing. She is known as an accomplished and approachable leader who is a champion of diversity, compassion in policing, officers’ mental health and advocating for the community’s most vulnerable.
Deputy Hyland is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. She joined the New Westminster Police Department in 1998 as a uniformed frontline officer. It was here she developed a DNA Registry for Sex Trade Workers later recognized by the international police community for its innovation.
In 2001, Deputy Hyland accepted a role in the RCMP at Surrey Detachment where she worked in both frontline and plainclothes units before transferring to the Ridge Meadows Detachment where she was promoted to Sergeant in charge of the Serious Crimes Section. She would later assume leadership positions in both Professional Standards and at North Vancouver RCMP Detachment before returning, and ultimately assuming, the senior position of Superintendent, Officer in Charge, Ridge Meadows Detachment in 2017. She was the first Deputy Chief Constable to join the Surrey Police Service in January 2021.
Deputy Hyland is a strong supporter of women in policing and is the recipient of the International Association of Women Police Mentoring Award for a leadership program she created and implemented.