New Chief of Police to be sworn in today

Robert A. Davis will officially be sworn in as Chief of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service during a ceremony later today at City Hall.

Davis was unanimously chosen for the position by the nine-member Lethbridge Regional Police Commission, which provides civilian oversight to the Police Service. Davis has served as Chief of Police for the Dryden Police Service in Dryden, ON since 2011.

The swearing-in ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers before Judge J.N. LeGrandeur.

Davis began his policing career in 1990 as an Auxiliary Constable with the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police in southern Ontario. In 1994, he joined the neighbouring Six Nations Police Service where he served from 1994-2011, starting as a constable and rising through the ranks to Inspector and Acting Deputy Chief. During that time, he also served on secondment to the RCMP in Ottawa from 2006-2009 and in Ontario’s far north with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in 2005-2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from McMaster University and is a recipient of the Gimborn Award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Police Association for his leadership in combating organized crime and aboriginal gangs.

Chief Davis replaces Chief Tom McKenzie, who retired Oct. 31, after more than 38 years of service.

 Chief Davis will be available for media interviews following the ceremony.