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November 2, 2016  By Tom Rataj

Evan Bray has been selected as the new chief of the Regina Police Service. Bray is a 21-year veteran of the RPS, which he joined in 1995 following a short career in radio and television. Most recently Bray was the inspector in charge of the north district. Bray also previously headed the Regina Police Association, the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers and was a director of the Canadian Police Association. Bray has an Excellence in Police Leadership Diploma from Harvard University/University of Ottawa.


Danny Smyth has been selected as the new chief of the Winnipeg Police Service. Smyth is a 30 year member of the service, most recently serving as deputy in charge of the investigative branch. In addition to uniform patrol he also worked in the vice and surveillance units, helped establish a full-time tactical team and the street crime unit. Smyth holds a BA and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and lectured in the criminal-justice field at the University of Winnipeg until 2014. He was appointed the Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor in 2010.


Gwen Boniface, the former commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, has been appointed to the Senate of Canada. Boniface was the first woman to hold the positions of OPP Commissioner, president of the CACP and the first Canadian to be vice-chair of the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police. Boniface is also a Commander of the Order of Canada, a Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces and the recipient of the Order of Ontario. She holds a BA and a LLB.


Jeff Szyszkowski, has been named as the new Deputy Chief of Investigative Services for the Winnipeg Police Service. Szyszkowski joined the WPS in 1989, and most recently was the Supt. in charge of the Investigative Services branch which includes major investigations units as well as the Professional Standards Unit. Szyszkowski is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and was was also the VP of the Winnipeg Police Senior Officers’ Association. Szyszkowski holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Winnipeg.

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