Welcoming Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards


2019-12-12 09:45 PST

Statements from incumbent Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, and incoming Officer in Charge, Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards, who will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner upon assuming his new role.

Statement from Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

The RCMP and City of Surrey have announced that Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards will be the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP (see news release).

Chief Superintendent Edwards has a law degree and over 24 years of policing experience in both municipal and RCMP police services. His introduction to law enforcement began in 1987 when he volunteered as an Auxiliary Constable with the Okotoks RCMP in Alberta. In 1995 he joined the Calgary Police Service where he spent eight years before transferring to the RCMP in 2003.

Brian spent his first five years with the RCMP at Richmond Detachment, before moving to the Lower Mainland District in 2008. For the past 11 years, Brian has worked in Surrey at the BC RCMP headquarters where he held a variety of roles including Corporate and Client Services Officer for the Lower Mainland District, and Officer in Charge of the Lower Mainland Integrated Teams.

Brian brings significant operations and administrative policing experience to the Surrey RCMP. I also know Brian to be a dedicated, intelligent, and approachable individual who I strongly believe will serve the residents and business owners of Surrey very well.

Chief Superintendent Edwards was also the lead on the BC RCMP’s Surrey Contract Management Project Team, so he is well-informed on the City’s desire to move to a municipal police force. However, this is not a temporary appointment for Brian and, while the future of policing in Surrey is unknown, I know he hopes to be the Surrey RCMP’s Officer in Charge for many years to come.

As I announced in October, I was selected by the Province of BC and the RCMP to serve as the Criminal Operations Officer of Federal, Investigative Services and Organized Crime for BC (see news release). As I prepare to leave Surrey detachment, I want to thank all the residents, business owners, and community partners in Surrey who have supported me, challenged me, and – in short – made me a better police officer.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your Officer in Charge over the past three years. This has truly been the highlight of my policing career.

You have a fantastic team at the Surrey RCMP who will continue to work hard for you under the leadership of Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards.

Statement from Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards

I am honoured to have been selected by the RCMP and the City of Surrey as the next Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP. While I know that may sound cliché, I truly mean it. It is considered a feather in one’s forage cap to work at this detachment, let alone be its Officer in Charge.

The Surrey RCMP is known to push the envelope, try new things, and establish best practices. I know they have had visits from police forces across the country and around the world who are interested in learning how this detachment deals with significant issues such as homeless camps, the opioid crisis, mental health outreach, gang conflict and recruitment, and more.

I do understand that this is a particularly challenging time for the Surrey RCMP as the City of Surrey petitions the Province of BC to create its own police department. I know this has been an unsettling time for both the residents of Surrey and the police officers and support staff who work at this detachment.

While the future of policing in Surrey remains uncertain at this time, I want to assure Surrey citizens that we remain focussed on your public safety concerns and engaging with you at the community level. To the members and staff here, your well-being both on and off the job is extremely important to me. I will do my best to lead you through this challenge and any others that may arise, with the support you deserve.

Assistant Commissioner McDonald has done an incredible job over the past three years. More specifically, over the last year he has provided stability and ensured confidence in policing. He has been there for the public and our employees. Dwayne, on behalf of the public, the City of Surrey and everyone here at Surrey detachment, it is my pleasure to sincerely thank you for your leadership and guidance during your tenure.

I look forward to working with all of you in the new year. Thank you for the trust you have put in me to serve as the Surrey RCMP’s Officer in Charge.

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