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Jim-CessfordJim Cessford

Public Safety Director
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Chief Constable Jim Cessford retired February, 2015, from Delta Police Department after a dynamic career in policing spanning 47 years. Jim Cessford was Superintendent in charge of Edmonton's Downtown Division until he accepted the appointment of Chief Constable with Delta Police Department in 1995, bringing his vast and diverse expertise to the Department. He worked as a homicide and major crimes investigator for 14 years, conducting numerous complex and high profile investigations. He received extensive training as a hostage negotiator and was recognized and designated by the courts as an expert in this area after handling numerous high risk situations as the primary negotiator. He has been President of both the Municipal Chiefs of Police and BC Association of Chiefs of Police; a member of various BCACP committees; a member of the Steering Committee that built the Organized Crime Agency of BC (now named Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit) and has lectured at the Justice Institute of BC, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta and other organizations across Canada. He was the former Chair of the Canadian Police Research Centre based in Ottawa, a former executive of the Edmonton Police Association and on the Advisory Board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In 2009 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 became a Member of the Order of Merit for Police Forces, presented by the Governor General in Ottawa.

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