The Abbotsford Police Department strives to be open, honest, visible and accessible to the public. We are committed to keeping you informed about topics of public interest and how the Department is working to enforce the law and keep our community safe.
Through our Media Relations Officer (MRO), Sgt. Judy Bird, we use our website, traditional media outlets (print, radio, television) and social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) to keep you apprised of public safety and security issues in a timely manner. We recognize the integral role the media plays in keeping the public informed, so we use these platforms to provide updates on ongoing investigations, to issue warnings regarding public risk, to request information regarding missing persons, and to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying/locating suspects.
A large part of the MRO's responsibility is to respond to the thousands of media enquiries the Department receives every year. AbbyPD engages actively with the media, and endeavours to accommodate all reasonable and lawful requests. For media enquiries or community concerns, please contact the Public Information Officer by email at [email protected].
Abbotsford Police Department Media Team
SGT JUDY BIRD
Media Relation Officer
Media Spokesperson/Social Media Officer
Sgt Judy Bird started her policing career with the Matsqui Police Department in September 1993, transferring to the Abbotsford Police Department in 1995 when the two police agencies were combined. Since then, she has worked in a variety of units, including Patrol, the Youth Section, and the Major Crime Unit. Between 2006 and 2010, Sgt. Bird was seconded to the RCMP E Division Behavioural Sciences Group, coordinating the police response to the release, management and supervision of high risk violent/ high risk sex offenders through British Columbia. After being promoted to Sergeant in 2010, Sgt. Bird worked as a supervisor in AbbyPD’s Patrol and Communications units. Sgt. Bird has been a member of the Abbotsford Police Color Guard and the South Fraser Tactical Squad, and has held positions as a recruit field trainer and ethics instructor.
In 2015, Sgt. Bird began working in the Public Information Section as the back-up media spokesperson, taking on the full-time Public Information Officer role in 2017.
Sgt. Bird has received numerous commendations and awards for her service, including a Lieutenant Governor’s award for Meritorious Service, the Attorney General’s Award for Community Service, the Abbotsford Policing Award for Outstanding Community Service, the Abbotsford Police Association Certificate of Exemplary Service, and Chief Constable and Inspector Commendations.
CST. Jody Thomas
Cst Jody Thomas grew up in Nelson, BC and moved to Abbotsford to start her policing career with the Abbotsford Police Department in 2001. During her career, she has worked in a variety of units that have focused on targeting gangs, prostitution, property crime and drug and firearm trafficking. Cst Thomas has always been passionate about handling Confidential Informants and after working with the Abbotsford Gang Unit, she became the department’s coordinator in 2015 for overseeing Confidential Informants. In 2018, Cst Thomas took on the additional role as a back-up media spokesperson.
Cst Thomas has been a member of the Abbotsford Police Colour Guard and has represented the department for two years as a bike rider on the Cops for Cancer Bike tour, personally raising over $25,000 for kids battling cancer. Cst Thomas has received several awards, including Chief Constable and Inspector Commendations, but her favorite commendations are the drawings and thank you cards over the years from the thoughtful Abbotsford citizens.
In her spare time, Cst Thomas gets teased for always being on the go and appreciating every day. She loves her family and friends and will usually be found on a mountain biking or skiing, dancing to live music, soaking up the sun, flying in the sky or staying fit in the Crossfit gym. Her secret talents are cooking, construction and searching for the funniest goat videos.
CST. Paul walker
Constable Paul Walker joined the Abbotsford Police Department in 2011. Since then, he has worked in a variety of units including Patrol and the AbbyPD Gang Crime Unit. Between 2016 and 2018, Constable Walker was seconded to the RCMP E-Division Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU). Constable Walker’s leadership in this unit lead to the creation and development of the Lower Mainland Prohibited Driver Enforcement Team.
In 2013, Constable Walker began working in AbbyPD’s Public Information Section as the backup media spokesperson. Constable Walker enjoys being connected to the Community and has worked along side a variety of Community-led initiatives.
Constable Walker has received numerous commendations and awards for his service including a Lieutenant Governor’s award for Meritorious Service, RCMP Commanding Officer’s Commendation, BC Association Chiefs of Police award, and Chief Constable and Inspector Commendations.
Constable Walker made Alexa’s Team both in 2016 and 2020 as part of his ongoing commitment to removing impaired drivers from the roadways of British Columbia.