CALGARY–The Calgary Police Commission has appointed Mark Neufeld, M.O.M., as the city’s new Chief Constable following ratification of the appointment by Calgary city council.
Incoming Chief Neufeld is a respected leader in policing in Alberta, having spent 24 years with the Edmonton Police Service, and two years as Chief of the Camrose Police Service. He is currently the President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, a leader of its Women in Policing committee, and Chair of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) provincial board of directors.
In addition to 21 formal recognitions earned while working for the Edmonton Police Service, he has been appointed to the Order of Merit for Police Forces, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, a Police Exemplary Service medal, a Leadership Excellence Award from the Province of Alberta, and the Integrity Award from Rotary International.
It was incoming Chief Neufeld’s well-rounded career that elevated him above all other candidates. The Commission saw a people-first leader with decades of achievements building the resilient, high-performance cultures critical to enhancing community safety. He has also supplemented his accomplishments in policing with a Master’s degree in criminology and police management from Cambridge University.
The Commission recommended this appointment to city council after completing a competitive national search. Part of the process involved extensive engagement with the citizens of Calgary, CPS staff and key partners to ensure that those who have a stake in the safety of the community could share their thoughts on the skills and characteristics desired in a new Chief Constable.
Incoming Chief Neufeld will begin the position no later than June.
Brian Thiessen, Calgary Police Commission Chair
“The Commission conducted an extensive national search and found a gem in our own backyard. Mark Neufeld is one of the most respected, experienced, and educated police leaders in Alberta. We set the bar very high, calling for a progressive, experienced team builder and expert communicator who acts with the highest level of respect, fairness, and compassion. Incoming Chief Neufeld checks all those boxes. We are confident that he is the right person to lead CPS into the future.”
Mark Neufeld, Incoming Calgary Police Service Chief Constable
“I am thrilled to be joining the Calgary Police Service – a highly respected organization comprised of great people in a beautiful city. Working together, we will create a safe, respectful, and inclusive culture where people come first. Our collective efforts will have a strong and positive impact on the communities we are so privileged to serve.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
“The Chief sets the leadership for a service that does great work, builds communities for all Calgarians, and provides meaningful careers for all its members. I know that the Calgary Police Commission had all of this in mind in making this choice and I look forward to working with the new Chief to strengthen the service and keep us all safe.”