Dispatches: May 2021
By Blue Line Staff
By Blue Line Staff
• PROMOTIONS, RETIREMENTS, RECOGNITION •
Deputy Chief Kevin Beaudoin of the LaSalle Police Service in Ontario retired after 35 years of service. Beaudoin joined the Windsor Police Service in 1986 before becoming a member of the Sandwich West Police Force in 1989, which then became the LaSalle Police Service in 1991. He was appointed deputy chief in January 2019. Throughout his career, Beaudoin served in several areas including community patrol, marine patrol, as a community liaison officer. He also worked in the criminal investigations division and in administration. Beaudoin is a graduate of St. Clair College, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management – Police Leadership Program and is the recipient of the Governor General’s 20-year and 30-year Exemplary Service Medals. He retired on March 26.
On March 5, Cpl. Darryl Orr presented Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson, B.C. Thomas served the local RCMP detachments in many capacities, including as the detachment cell block guard and even as a custodian. He is also celebrated for the variety of community work he performs in Salmo, B.C. Thomas is set to receive his Long Service Medal award for his 17th year of completed service.
John Lo was promoted to chief constable of the West Vancouver Police Department in March. He brings over two decades of police experience to the role and is the first internal promotion to the top seat in 17 years. Lo has been a member of the WVPD since 1995 when he was hired as a reserve constable. He then moved into the role of patrol constable in 1996. Since then, he has worked in Patrol, Surveillance, Records, Major Crime Investigations, the Vancouver Police Homicide Team, Professional Standards, Operations and Administration. Lo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree of arts in conflict analysis and management through Royal Roads University. He assumed the role of chief constable on March 1 and will be leading the development of the department’s 2022–2026 strategic plan.
In March, Chief Constable Del Manak was officially sworn in as a member of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs’ Board of Directors representing the province of British Columbia. Manak started his policing career with four years of service with the Vancouver Police Department. He joined the Victoria Police Department in 1993, where he has served in a variety of sections and roles. He was promoted to the rank of inspector in 2006 and served as the officer in charge of human resources for more than three years, where he hired more than 60 officers. Manak then oversaw the Patrol Division until he was promoted to deputy chief constable in 2010. He was promoted to chief constable on July 1, 2017.
Former Woodstock, Ont., Police Chief Ron Fraser passed away in April. Fraser began his career as an officer and retired as chief of police in 2009 after serving for 34 years with the Woodstock Police Service. He served as a city councillor from 2010 to 2014 and was again elected in 2018 after leaving the 2014 race with a cancer diagnosis. Fraser passed away on April 4 at the age of 71.
The Nova Scotia RCMP announced Cpl. Chris Marshall as the new bilingual Provincial Public Information Officer (PIO) in April. He joined the RCMP in 2011 and, after graduating from “Depot” Division in Regina, Sask., was posted to general duty policing in Shelburne, N.S. He transferred to Cheticamp in 2013, then to Kingston in 2015. After having completed seven years of general duty policing, Marshall began a new role with the Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit (VISCEU) in 2018. VISCEU includes members of the RCMP and Kentville Police Service and is based at the New Minas RCMP Detachment. The RCMP announced his new appointment on April 6.
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