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New Police Chief named

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

The Dryden Police Services Board has announced the appointment of Chief Doug Palson as the new Police Chief effective July 20, 2015.

His experience includes twenty years with the Brandon Police Service rising through the ranks from Constable to Staff Sergeant. In 2008, he became the Police Chief with the Dakota Ojibway Police Service, providing services to six First Nations communities located across southern Manitoba.

Chief Palson has held various positions as President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association; Board of Directors on the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs; Co-Chair Canadian Association of Police Chiefs Policing with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples Committee.

Chair of the Dryden Police Services Board Peter Andrusco said the appointment came after a Canada wide search where Palson was the clear choice.

“His wealth of experience certainly at the municipal level as well as first nations policing is a good blend of what we feel is important to our community,” said Andrusco. “His vision for where policing is going and where we want to take it is impressive. So all aspects of what he brings to our city, we feel at the police board that he is really the right person for the job at this time.”

Palson has spent quite a bit of time in the Northwestern Ontario over the last several years and he says they are looking forward to the move but he also knows the challenges that will come, including the city services financial situation, but he says he is up for it.

“What I’ve learned working with the First Nations in Manitoba will transfer over nicely to Dryden,” said Palson. “I’m very familiar with the first nation police services around the area with Treaty Three, NAPS(Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service) and Lac Seul, I know the chiefs around there quite well and I am looking forward to working closely with them too.”


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