Edmonton Police Commission

April 08, 2011 16:37 ET

Canada's Top Uniformed Cop Chosen as Edmonton's New Chief of Police

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 8, 2011) -

Editor's note: There is a photo associated with this release.

Today, Edmonton City Council ratified the appointment of Roderick (Rod) Knecht as Edmonton's next Chief of Police. Currently the Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Knecht will retire from his Ottawa post and start in his new role with the Edmonton Police Service June 1, 2011.

The Edmonton Police Commission negotiated a five-year contract with Chief designate Knecht, who is highly regarded and well respected throughout the national and international policing community.

"The Commission set out to find the best candidate to become Edmonton's next Chief of Police and we are confident we've achieved this goal," said Commission Chair Arlene Yakeley. "Rod Knecht's professional experience – in both operations and management – combined with extensive policing experience in the capital region and the province of Alberta made him the top candidate."

The Commission conducted an extensive national search, which resulted in a high level of interest from police professionals. We received 100 referrals and 22 formal applications for the position. Knecht was selected for his senior leadership qualifications, international policing experience and commitment to community-focused policing.

"I am very pleased to welcome Rod Knecht back to the City of Edmonton and into the role of Chief of Police," said Mayor Mandel. "His credentials are impressive and the Commission has done their due diligence. We've seen incredible progress in the Edmonton Police Service over the past five years and I expect this will continue under Rod's leadership. "

Chair Yakeley offered congratulations to Acting Chief David Korol and the EPS leadership team for their service, "Over the past three months, under David Korol's leadership, the EPS has managed this transition extremely well and maintained momentum within the organization. We are pleased to see the police service moving ahead on many fronts."

Chief designate Knecht spoke with enthusiasm about his new role and responsibilities, "The Edmonton Police Service has an international reputation for excellence and I see a tremendous opportunity to be a part of making Edmonton the most safe and vibrant city in Canada. Serving the community of Edmonton will be personally satisfying and challenging."

Editor's note: Rod Knecht's photo is available at www.edmontonpolicecommission.ca.


Executive Biography – Roderick (Rod) Knecht

Professional Experience

Roderick (Rod) Knecht is currently the Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), posted at National Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. He is ranked as the most senior uniformed police officer in the RCMP. In this role, Rod Knecht is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all components of the RCMP, including managing a budget of $4.7 Billion and 31,000 employees.

Rod Knecht's strategic leadership has been instrumental to the transformation of the RCMP. Upon arriving in Ottawa in 2010, he took steps to increase the regional authority of Commanding Officers in 14 Divisions across Canada. This change has led the RCMP in provinces, territories and municipalities to be more responsive and accountable to community-driven policing priorities.

Prior to this prestigious appointment, Rod Knecht was responsible for the RCMP in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. As the Deputy Commissioner – North West Region and Commanding Officer "K" Division in Edmonton, Alberta, he was responsible for managing the operations of 108 detachments and the delivery of community policing throughout the North West Region.

Rod Knecht is a strong advocate for integrated policing. While stationed in Alberta, he was instrumental in supporting the development and inception of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). Both inter-agency teams are comprised of police services from across Alberta, including the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP.

Over the course of his 34-year policing career, Rod Knecht has spent the vast majority of time working in an operational capacity. He has significant expertise in serious crimes, drug enforcement, undercover investigations, uniform duties, and intelligence gathering.

One of his proudest achievements was the successful conclusion of the Blood Task Force (Krever Commission); a high-profile, international investigation into the blood system in Canada and the creation of a national victim service liaison program for victims of tainted blood (HIV/Hepatitis C).

While Rod Knecht has been relocated 15 times to communities throughout Canada, he considers Edmonton to be his home. He looks forward to settling down in the city where he and his family have grown strong roots.

Honours and Awards

Rod Knecht is a decorated police officer who has received many prestigious honours and awards throughout his career. Recognitions include:

  • Order of Merit of Police Forces
  • Queen's Golden Jubilee
  • 20-year Long Service Medal
  • 25-year Long Service Medal Bronze Clasp
  • 30-year Long Service Medal Silver Clasp
  • Alberta Centennial Medal
  • Citizen Recognition Award for Life Saving

For more information contact:

Sarah Doyle, Communications Director

Edmonton Police Commission

780-414-7505 or 780- 920-2908

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