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News Room – Inside the Winnipeg Police Service

Executive Leadership Announcement

Deputy Chief Dave ThorneIt gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Superintendent Dave Thorne as Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations, effective October 6th, 2013.

A 32-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service, Acting Deputy Chief Thorne has had a well-rounded career in the Operations Branch, evenly divided between Uniform Patrol and Criminal Investigations.  He was promoted to Senior Officer in 2004 and appointed as Superintendent, Uniform Operations in 2009. 

The Acting Deputy’s previous assignments in Criminal Investigations include Commercial Crime, Robbery, Child Abuse and Homicide.  He was also our Forensic Polygraph Examiner and was seconded to the RCMP/WPS Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit where he was one of the Team Leaders and the Financial Coordinator for a covert storefront money laundering operation.

As an Inspector in Uniform Operations, the Acting Deputy oversaw the downtown Division #11, Duty Office and Communications Centre Division #36.  Thorne has also been trained as a Hostage Negotiator and has served as an Incident Commander at High Risk/Critical Incidents, and presently coordinates that Unit.

Whatever his role in our Service, Acting Deputy Chief Thorne has always been committed to the continuous improvement of the organization and the delivery of effective policing services and has dedicated himself to the well-being of the members of the Service and their constant development. He is well respected by our partners in the criminal justice system, and is an active member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police.

Acting Deputy Thorne assumes this role prior to the February, 2014 retirement of Deputy Chief Shelley M. Hart.  This period of overlap will help ensure continuity of leadership and knowledge retention as Deputy Hart prepares to move on to the next chapter of her life.

I want to thank Acting Deputy Chief Thorne for taking on this position as a valued member of our Executive Management Team.

Devon Clunis
Chief of Police