June 8, 2020: Mark Neufeld, Calgary's Police Chief, "Policing in Calgary". Calgary Police Service website
Mark Neufeld was the former Police Chief in Camrose prior to coming to Calgary in June, 2019. He is also the President of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police.
He started his career in 1992 with the Vancouver Police Service and shortly thereafter moved to Edmonton, where he spent 24 years with the Edmonton Police Service. He spent 12 years as a frontline patrol officer, including in Edmonton’s diverse inner-city where he worked with residents and community partners to address neighbourhood crime, disorder, and social issues. He also has experience in undercover operations, incident command, crisis negotiation, and as a member of the EPS Public Order Unit working on the G-8 and G-20 summits, Stanley Cup and Grey Cup deployments, as well as the 2006 riot.
Neufeld recently completed a masters in criminology and police management at the University of Cambridge. He has also completed the CACP Executive Global Studies program, where he studied international approaches to cyber crime, and the International Executive Development in Policing program from the Canadian Police College and Hong Kong Police College.
Neufeld was promoted to the role of detective in Internal Affairs in 2004 and to staff sergeant in the Intelligence Section in 2007. In 2007 he successfully assisted with the implementation of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and assigned to Professional Standards where he led the development of a strategic planning process that resulted in the restructuring of the branch, the civilianization of numerous investigative and administrative positions, and an increased emphasis on alternative dispute resolution and complaint prevention.
Neufeld was invested as a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2014. He is also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Police Exemplary Service Medal, and the Alberta Law Enforcement Long Service Medal. He and his wife, Lynn, have four adult children.
These are unprecedented times. Mark gave us an overview of:
2019 By the numbers:
Mark arrived in June 2019 and was well aware of the downturn in the economy in Alberta and more so in Calgary. He showed us a few graphs; the first on Calgary Violent Crime over a 10-year period which was relatively flat until 2013 and started to show a significant increase from 8 to 14 thousand over the next six years. Numbers on a 100,000 per capita basis show an increase from 700 to 1,000 over the same period, which are somewhat reflective of the economy. Calgary is still considered to be a very safe city.
Domestic violence showed a higher rate of cases – 2,792 in 2013 to 5,943 in 2019. Again this is on per 100,000 residents basis, 241 cases to 462 in 2019. Still a sizable increase. Some of the key drivers include mental health, addiction and methamphetamine.
Similar trends are evident in property crimes. Prior to 2013, these crimes were relatively flat. However, since 2013 cases have increased from 36 to 61 thousand.
|Break and Enter||9,883||10,478|
|Calls for Service||585,000||561,000|
|22% above the 5 year average|
Complexity of policing has changed based on the following factors.
Covid-19 Impact – what we are seeing now.
Recent events in Minneapolis and across North America have raised concerns, emotions and protests, and Calgary is no different. Canada policing is quite different from the US where there are over 18,000 policing agencies. Our system is based on the British module where “the police are the public and the public are the police”. The Calgary Police Service is well connected to other agencies and is considered the premier police force in Canada.
Numerous questions were asked, some of which are outlined below:
President Gerry expressed the appreciation of the club to Mark for the generous giving of his time, and for dealing with complex and challenging times.
reported by Mike Carlin
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