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New Calgary police chief takes the helm

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 at 6:02 am MDT

Summary

Neufeld replaces Roger Chaffin as chief of Calgary Police Service

Interim chief Const. Steve Barlow held the role after Chaffin retired in January

The Calgary Police Force was created in 1885

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A large crowd gathered inside the Calgary Central Library to welcome Mark Neufeld to his new role as Chief of the Calgary Police Service.
He has work cut out for him as he tries to tackle low morale in the force, concerning numbers of domestic-related homicides, and possible cuts after city council approved $60 million in cuts to the operating budget to alleviate rising property taxes on small businesses.

“We get it. It’s a tough time in Calgary right now,” Neufeld said.

“There’s a lot of people that are suffering because of the economy. There’s no doubt that the city is going to have some tough decisions about tightening the budget and everybody is going to have to do their part.”

Neufeld’s predecessor Roger Chaffin officially retired in January. He was responsible for introducing a tenure policy that mandates a term for constables working in specialty units. This was one of the leading causes of low morale in the force according to results from the Calgary Police Commission survey in 2018. Neufeld said it is one of the issues they will be looking at closely.

“What have been the unintended consequences of the implementation of that policy and is there any way of rehabilitating it, or did we just make a mistake?” he ventured. “I think we are big enough to look at that and maybe go another way.”

Prior to assuming leadership of CPS, Neufeld was chief of the Camrose Police Service and former president of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police. He also spent several years with the Edmonton Police Service in various roles and had two stints working for the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

“I think one of the things where we can really improve is our strategic approaching to policing and law enforcement, and seeing the things that are coming, ahead of time,” he pointed out.

With files from Kayla Bruch.