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Top cop wants to make a difference in Red Deer

The City of Red Deer has found its new police chief.

RCMP Insp. Scott Tod, 51, has been named the city’s detachment commander.

Tod replaces Insp. Warren Dosko, who stepped down in a surprise move in late December after less than three years in the job.

For the last three years, Tod was in charge of the Wetaskiwin RCMP detachment. He brings 25 years of experience, of which 22 years were spent in British Columbia.

He said he is looking forward to helping make a difference in Red Deer.

This will be Tod’s fifth post as commanding officer.

He said he looks forward to working in a growing city, given the strong economy.

“It’s the largest RCMP detachment in the province so I am looking forward to be involved in a busy and dynamic detachment,” said the Edmonton-born RCMP police officer.

City manager Craig Curtis said the city is excited to welcome Tod to the community.

“Insp. Tod will fit very well in with the priorities that council has established, particularly in the area of crime prevention,” said Curtis. “He has a degree in criminology and he has a considerable background with the RCMP.”

Tod was selected out of a short list of three candidates.

Curtis and Paul Goranson, director of Corporate Services, were involved in the hiring process, along with the RCMP.

Curtis also acknowledged the work of acting RCMP Supt. David Elliott, who was in charge during the transition.

Tod is expected to be in Red Deer in the coming weeks.



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