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Winnipeg Police Service Executive Management Team Biographies
D/Chief Gord Perrier | D/Chief Art Stannard | D/Chief Jeff Szyszkowski
Supt. Scot Halley | Supt. Elizabeth Pilcher | Supt. Rich Lowen | Supt. Gerri Forscutt
WPS Organizational Chart
Chief Smyth has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for 30 years. He is a second generation police officer; following his father Stan into policing in 1986.
During his career he has worked in a number of areas of the Police Service including Uniform Operations, Intelligence, Organized Crime, and Organizational Development.
In 2005 he was promoted to the senior rank of Inspector. In 2012 he was promoted to Superintendent. During that period he played key roles in the establishment of a full time Tactical Support Team, the Street Crime Unit, and the Counter-Exploitation Unit.
In 2015 he was appointed to Deputy Chief where he was assigned to oversee the Criminal Investigations Bureau which includes Homicide, Major Crimes, Organized Crime, and Professional Standards.
Chief Smyth is known as someone who enjoys the challenge of new opportunities and embraces change wholeheartedly. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983, and then in 2006 received a Masters Degree in Organizational Management.
Chief Smyth has also been a member of several professional organizations, including the Faculty of the University of Winnipeg where he taught as a member of the Criminal Justice Department. He was appointed and served as an Aide de Camp for the Lieutenant Governor Manitoba from 2010-2015.
Chief Smyth was born and raised in Winnipeg where he resides with his wife Cynthia and their two children. He was formally appointed Chief of Police on November 4th, 2016.
In June 2016, Gord was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of Operations. In this role he is responsible for Uniform Operations and Operational Support Branches including General Patrol, Traffic, Community Relations, Speciality Support Units, Records and Arrest Processing, along with Duty Officers, 911 and Communications.
Deputy Chief Perrier began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service as a Special Constable in 1992 serving in the Forensic Services Unit. In 1994, he transitioned to uniform operations as a Police Constable. He has worked extensively as an investigator in a variety of units within the Criminal Investigations Bureau including Major Crimes, Organized Crime, Integrated Proceeds of Crime (IPOC), Commercial Crime, Special Projects and the Professional Standards Unit.
He is also the founding director of Winnipeg’s Child Advocacy Centre, a non-profit corporation that works with a number of government agencies, including the police, to gather evidence in support of child maltreatment prosecutions.
As a Superintendent, Deputy Chief Perrier provided leadership for the Operational and Support branches, including Operational Support, Human Resource Support and Organizational Support. Previous postings as an Inspector included the Duty Office and two of the Criminal Investigation Bureaus including the Major Crime Division and Specialized Investigations Division. Deputy Chief Perrier was also the project leader for the review of homicide operations and major case management planning.Deputy Chief Perrier holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Charles Sturt University in Australia and is a graduate of the Canadian Police College, Executive Development in Policing Program. He is a recipient of the Province of Manitoba Law Enforcement Medal of Excellence, the Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and is Vice-President of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently sits on the board of the Winnipeg Police Museum & Historical Society and is a member of the both the Canadian and International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Deputy Chief Stannard brings a unique perspective to his position within the Winnipeg Police Service. Promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in September 2010, he is the only member of the Executive Management Team to have held Superintendent responsibilities for each branch of the Service.
As the Deputy Chief of Support Services, Deputy Chief Stannard is responsible for Strategic Support Services as well as the Organizational Support and Human Resources Support branches of the Winnipeg Police Service.
Deputy Chief Stannard began his career with the Service in January 1978, and has worked in nearly every Division. He has also been assigned to many unique projects and special initiatives.
In 1990, as a Sergeant, Deputy Chief Stannard was tasked with the creation and the implementation of the Service’s first community-based policing model.
Deputy Chief Stannard also was the Service’s Special Events Coordinator, accountable for many events including, the Junos, Grey Cup, Charging Bison military training exercise as well as two of the Queen’s visits to Winnipeg.
Operationally, he has also served as the lead for the Service’s Incident Commander Program, which oversees the police response to major incidents in our community.
Deputy Chief Szyszkowski joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 1994, having worked for another Civic department since 1987. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in November 2016.
Throughout his tenure, Deputy Chief Szyszkowski has worked in a variety of ranks throughout the Service including Uniform Operations, Community Support, Domestic Violence Unit, Crowd Control Unit, Training Unit, Tactical Support Team, Human Resources, Professional Standards Unit and Criminal Investigations.
In 2012, Deputy Chief Szyszkowski was promoted to the rank of Inspector. He was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit for a two year term where he was responsible for managing complaints against members of the Service.
In 2014, Deputy Chief Szyszkowski assumed the role of Commander of the Major Crimes Division in Criminal Investigations Bureau. Here he oversaw the management of the Homicide Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Commercial Crime, Project Devote, Stolen Auto Unit and Pawn Unit.
In October 2015, Deputy Chief Szyszkowski was appointed to the rank of Superintendent and was assigned to the Investigative Services Branch which includes Homicide and Major Crimes, Organized Crime, Street Crime, Specialized Investigations, Forensics, Intelligence and the Professional Standards Unit.
Deputy Chief Szyszkowski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Winnipeg. He is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and a Winnipeg Police Service commendation
Deputy Chief Szyszkowski is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as the Service's Executive Sponsor for the Winnipeg Foundations Growing Active Kids committee. Prior to his appointment to Deputy Chief, he was also the Vice President of the Winnipeg Police Senior Officers' Association.
In June 2016, Scot was appointed to the rank of Superintendent. He currently serves as the Superintendent overseeing Operational Support.
Superintendent Halley is a 22 year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service. He joined the Service in 1994 after completing his post-secondary education. Throughout his career, he has worked his way through the ranks in various areas of the Service, including General Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Community Support, Homicide Unit, Organized Crime Unit, Human Resources Division, Street Crime Unit, Tactical Support Team and Canine Unit.
In 2011 Superintendent Halley was promoted to the senior management rank of Inspector. He was assigned to Uniform Operations in the Duty Office for two years where he was responsible for overseeing the day to day street operations of the Service. In 2013, he assumed the role of Commander of the Community Support Division. Here, he was in charge of the Central Traffic Unit and the Community Relations Unit, which is comprised of the Auxiliary Cadet Section, Crime Prevention Section, Diversity Section, School Education Section, School Resource Officer Section, Victim Services Section and the Mounted Patrol Section.
In April of 2014, Superintendent Halley was assigned to Uniform Operations once again when he was given command of Division 11 (Central Division). Here, he was responsible for the overall leadership and operation of the Division.
Superintendent Halley is a graduate of the 260th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA). He currently serves as an Executive member of the North West Chapter of the FBINA Associates.
Superintendent Halley received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1990. He was accepted into the Izzy Asper School of Business later that same year, where he pursued his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree prior to joining the Winnipeg Police Service.
Superintendent Halley is married and is the father of two young children.
Superintendent Pilcher started her career in 1987 with the Winnipeg Police Service. She has served in a variety of operational and leadership roles including Uniform Operations, Criminal Investigations, Violent Crime Analysis, Professional Standards, Recruiting and Senior Administration.
In 2011 Superintendent Pilcher was promoted to the rank of Inspector and was assigned as an officer in charge of the Duty Office which oversees City-Wide Operations for a two year period. In 2013 she took command of the Service’s Specialized Investigations Division overseeing a number of units which engage in multi-system collaboration with the community. These units included Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Vulnerable Persons, Counter Exploitation, Domestic Violence and Missing Persons investigations.
Superintendent Pilcher has been a member of the UN Safe Cities Winnipeg Steering Committee since its inception in 2013 and is a member of the Heart Medicine Lodge Advisory Committee led by Ka Ni Kanichihk. She is also a past director of Snowflake Place for Children and Youth, an advocacy center for children. She remains committed to reducing and preventing violent crimes against women and children, and draws upon the strong partnerships she has created with those working in the criminal justice system, and the broader community.
In 2015 Superintendent Pilcher was promoted to her current rank and was assigned to Operational Support, overseeing Records Management, Operational Support Specialty Units, Community Relations and Central Traffic. In 2016 she was assigned to her current position in Human Resources Support, overseeing Human Resources and the Training Division.
During her career Superintendent Pilcher has received commendations for exceptional police work, including the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal. She holds a Criminology Degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University and is a graduate of several University of Manitoba and Dalhousie University Executive level certificate programs. In 2015 she was appointed as an Aide de Camp for the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.Superintendent Pilcher is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Victims of Crime Committee and Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. She is married and has two daughters and a son.
Superintendent Richard (Rich) Lowen joined the Winnipeg Police Service in November 1989. He was promoted to Superintendent in 2016.
Throughout his tenure Superintendent Lowen worked in a variety of ranks throughout the Service including Uniform Operations, Stolen Auto, Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force, Professional Standards and Criminal Investigations.
In January 2013 Superintendent Lowen was promoted to the rank of Inspector. He was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit for a two year term where he was responsible for managing complaints against members of the Service.
In 2015, Superintendent Lowen assumed the role of Commander of the Major Crimes Division in Criminal Investigations Bureau. Here he oversaw the management of the Homicide Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Commercial Crime, Project Devote, Stolen Auto Unit and Pawn Unit.
Superintendent Lowen holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Red River Collegiate. He is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and a Winnipeg Police Service commendation.
Superintendent Lowen is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a member of the Winnipeg Auto Theft Suppression Strategy (WATSS), Wrongfully Convicted Advisory Group, and serves as the Chair of the Service's Shifting Committee.
Superintendent Forscutt joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 1991 as a staff member and then as a police officer in 1994. Throughout her tenure she worked in a variety of ranks throughout the Service including Uniform Operations, Criminal Investigations, Professional Standards and Human Resources.
In October 2014 Superintendent Forscutt was promoted to the rank of Inspector. She has worked in Human Resources as the Division Commander since her promotion.
Superintendent Forscutt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management from Walden University.
Superintendent Forscutt is married with two children. She is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2013.