Keith McCaskill Appointed Chief of Police
WINNIPEG November 20, 2007 – Acting Chief Administrative Officer Alex Robinson, joined by Mayor Sam Katz, today announced the appointment of Keith McCaskill as Chief of Police for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS).“Winnipeggers have made it clear that public safety is a top priority,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “The new Chief of Police will play a vital role as we embrace the challenges and seize opportunities to ensure the protection of all our citizens. I am pleased with the unanimous decision of the hiring committee to appoint Keith McCaskill as Chief of Police. I also wish to reconfirm to all members of the Winnipeg Police Service that as mayor, I will continue to work with city council to support the men and women of the police service as they work hard to protect the public.”
“Public safety is a top priority for citizens, and I am very pleased that Keith will be taking on such an integral leadership position as we work to build a safer community,” said Robinson. “Throughout the recruitment process members of the public and key stakeholders told us what characteristics they were looking for in the next Chief of Police. Keith has served this city for three decades, and is acutely aware of the unique issues facing our community and what is required to lead our Police Service in today’s challenging environment of law enforcement.”
McCaskill, a former 29-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service, is currently the Provincial Coordinator of Aboriginal and Municipal Law Enforcement with the Province of Manitoba’s Criminal Justice Division. In this role, he is responsible for developing and administering policy and regulatory and legislative initiatives for policing in Manitoba while providing leadership and guidance to government and non-government organizations on significant policing policy issues.
Having joined the ranks of WPS in 1976, McCaskill held various leadership roles within the Service, including Divisional Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division – which included the Homicide Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Integrated Arson Strike Force, Commercial Crime Unit, Stolen Auto Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Forensic Identification Unit – and Division Commander of District 3 (North) and District 2 (West).
McCaskill is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, and of the Canadian Police College’s Senior Police Administration Course and Executive Development Course. He was elected President of the FBI National Academy Associates North West Chapter representing law enforcement officers from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba, and has been active on numerous boards and committees.
McCaskill assumes the role of Chief of Police on Monday, December 10, 2007.