WINNIPEG – Danny Smyth is officially the new chief of police after taking the Oath of Office Tuesday morning.
Smyth, a born-and-raised Winnipegger, has been with the police force for 30 years. Before serving in this new role, he was the deputy chief of investigative services.
The ceremony was attended by dozens of officers and local politicians along with Smyth’s family and friends.
Former police chief, Devon Clunis and Mayor Brian Bowman were also in attendance.
Clunis served in the role since November 2012, after spending 25 years with the Winnipeg police. He retired in July of 2016.
As the new top cop, Smyth says there are two main priorities going forward.
“There’s some main planks in there, certainly community engagement is a big one,” said Smyth. “When we talk efficient and effective service, we’re really talking about managing our budget so we get bang for our buck.”
Smyth adds he would like the service to get more involved with grassroots organizations in the North End and the downtown area.
The new chief will have to get right down to work, dealing with the police budget as part of the city’s 2017 operating budget to be tabled later in November.