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Calgary police hire former Camrose chief to lead CPS

Calgary’s police commission has hired a new police chief.

Mark Neufeld will be Calary’s new chief constable, starting in the position sometime before June. Neufeld’s appointment was ratified by the city Monday.

Calgary Police Commission chair Brian Thiessen said after an extensive national search, Neufeld was a gem in their own backyard.

“Mark Neufeld is one of the most respected, experienced, and educated police leaders in Alberta,” said Thiessen in a city release. “We set the bar very high, calling for a progressive, experienced team builder and expert communicator who acts with the highest level of respect, fairness, and compassion. Incoming Chief Neufeld checks all those boxes. We are confident that he is the right person to lead CPS into the future.”

According to a release from the city, it was Neufeld’s well-rounded career that made him stand out from other candidates. He’s described as a people-first leader who successfully built police forces that were focused on enhancing community safety.

Neufeld spent 24 years with the Edmonton Police Service, and two years as chief of the Camrose Police Service.

He is currently the President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, a leader of its Women in Policing committee, and Chair of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) provincial board of directors.

The incoming chief holds a master’s degree in criminology and police management from Cambridge University.