The city’s new top cop has pro­gres­sive vi­sion for polic­ing


Ed­mon­ton’s new­est po­lice chief is bring­ing nearly three decades of polic­ing ex­per­tise, a pro­gres­sive vi­sion and an old nick­name, “Mucker,” to the job when he be­gins work in ad­vanc­ing the city’s com­mu­nity polic­ing goals in 2019.

“I’m not afraid to go in the cor­ners,” said Dale McFee, speak­ing with me­dia at po­lice head­quar­ters shortly after his ap­point­ment as the 23rd po­lice chief of Ed­mon­ton was an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

“At the end of the day, that’s what it’s go­ing to take.”

McFee will take over as the city’s top cop in Fe­bru­ary.

Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Com­mis­sion chair Tim O’Brien said McFee came for­ward as the “most qual­i­fied can­di­date” fol­low­ing five months of na­tion­wide re­cruit­ing.

O’Brien said in McFee’s prior work — serv­ing as the po­lice chief in Prince Al­bert, Sask., be­tween 2003 and 2012 be­fore tak­ing on a new role as deputy min­is­ter of jus­tice in cor­rec­tions and polic­ing for the govern­ment of Saskatchewan — he is “closely iden­ti­fied with some of the most pro­gres­sive changes in pol­icy and prac­tice in this field.” McFee is cred­ited with pro­vid­ing the vi­sion for the “hub” model of polic­ing, where po­lice worked with so­cial ser­vices. More at thes­­mon­ton


Dale McFee, who will be­come Ed­mon­ton’s 23rd po­lice chief, ad­dresses me­dia at po­lice head­quar­ters on Wed­nes­day.

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