BIOGRAPHY: Chief Rod Knecht was sworn in as the 22nd Chief of Police of theEdmontonn Police Service on June 7, 2011. Chief Knechtwas previously the Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), ranked as the most senior uniformed police officer in the RCMP. In this role, Rod Knecht was responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all components of the RCMP,including managing a budget of $4.7 Billion and 31,000employees.
Prior to his appointment in Ottawa, Chief Knecht was responsible for the RCMP in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. As the Deputy Commissioner – North West Region and Commanding Officer “K” Division in Edmonton, Alberta, he was responsible for managing the operations of 108 detachments and the delivery of community policing throughout the North West Region.
Chief Knecht is a strong advocate for integrated policing. While stationed in Alberta, he was instrumental in supporting the development and inception of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). Both inter-agency teams are comprised of police services from across Alberta, including the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP. Over the course of his 34-year policing career, Chief Knecht has spent the vast majority of time working in an operational capacity. He has significant expertise in serious crimes, drug enforcement, undercover investigations, uniform duties, and intelligence gathering.
While Rod Knecht has been relocated 15 times to communities throughout Canada, he considers Edmonton to be his home. He looks forward to settling down in the city where he and his family have grown strong roots.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MERLE FULLER
BIOGRAPHY: Merle Fuller assumed the position of Executive Director of the AACP (Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police) in 2008. Merle is a retired member of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and has extensive experience as Human Resources Manager, and in Research and Development, Forensic Identification and Public Education. Merle is a recipient of the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Alberta Long Service Medal, and the Lethbridge Regional Police Service Medal.
In addition to his responsibilities with the AACP, Merle is a Psychology Instructor at Lethbridge College. Merle has a Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Great Falls. Merle is currently completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Merle is also a private consultant who has provided his services as a researcher/writer to the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, and the Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security. Merle currently Chairs the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee at Lethbridge College.
BIOGRAPHY: Superintendent Steinke has served in the RCMP as an operational member in “K” division for thirty two years. Out of those years, half his police service has been spent working in uniform and the other half in plain clothes duties. He has worked in specialized investigative units that includes Red Deer City GIS, Edmonton Drug Section, Edmonton Major Crimes Unit and the Edmonton Integrated Intelligence Unit. He has extensive operational experience as a senior "Major Crimes Investigator in Edmonton for over six years. He was designated as a Team Commander or Primary Investigator in over fifty homicide investigations throughout Alberta. His duties included the coordination and investigation of murders, suspicious deaths, serial sexual assaults and officer-involved shootings in the Province of Alberta.
His uniformed experience is extensive and is equally divided between rural policing and large municipal policing. His first seven years were in Beaverlodge Alberta, followed by an eight year posting in Red Deer Alberta. He has been both the Operations NCO and the Detachment Commander in Strathcona County Detachment where he is currently posted. In January 2011 he was assigned a dual role of being both the O I/C of Strathcona County and District Commander for the Provincial Capital District.
BIOGRAPHY: Chief Rick Hanson is a Calgary native who joined the Calgary Police Service in February 1975 and was appointed Chief of Police for the Calgary Police Service in 2007. During his 34 years of service, Chief Hanson has worked in a number of different areas in policing; the last 15 have been at the senior management levels within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Calgary Police Service.
The Calgary Police Service, in concert with other agencies and the citizens of Calgary, is instrumental in preserving the quality of life in our community by maintaining Calgary as a secure place in which to live. In so doing, we are dedicated philosophically and operationally to the concept of community-based policing.
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