DELTA – Canada’s longest-serving police chief will retire early next year.
Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford began his policing career with the Edmonton Police 46 years ago. He joined the Delta Police in 1995, as chief.
“The department is in a good place right now and we have an outstanding team ready to take on the challenge of leading the organization into the future,” Cessford said.
Mayor Lois Jackson said Cessford will leave big shoes to fill.
“Delta Police has a reputation second to none across Canada, and we plan on keeping that status,” she said. “I am committed
to maintaining Delta’s reputation as ‘no call too small’ when it comes to community policing, along with our low crime rates.”
Cessford has received the Governor General’s First Bar for 40 years of Exemplary Police Service and in 2009 was named Citizen of the Year by the Delta Chamber of Commerce. The following year, he received the Order of Merit for Police Services medal and in 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.