Transit Police chief to head Delta Police

Neil Dubord will replace retired chief Jim Cessford

Transit Police Chief Neil Dubord is changing hats to become the new Chief Constable of the Delta Police Department.

He takes over this summer from Chief Jim Cessford, who retired earlier this year after 22 years of service with the Delta Police.

Dubord, 52, was deputy chief of community policing in Edmonton, where he served 25 years before coming to the Transit Police three years ago.

Dubord has degrees in leadership and training as well as business management, and has also studied at the Canadian Policing College in Ottawa and with the FBI.

He currently chairs the traffic committee of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and is a nationally recognized expert in critical incident command.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said Dubord was chosen after an intensive search.

“We looked for a Chief who is a strong leader with a proven track record in policing, a critical thinker and more importantly a person who believes in community policing and our ‘no call too small’ mandate,” Jackson said, adding she believes Dubord will be an excellent fit.

The Transit Police board is expected to soon appoint an interim chief to replace Dubord once he departs June 29 and begin a recruitment process.

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