RCMP Supt. Scott Tod is the city's new policing manager.

RCMP Supt. Scott Tod is the city's new policing manager.

Timing right for a change, says Tod

It is all he’s ever done.

It is all he’s ever done.

So forgive Red Deer RCMP Supt. Scott Tod for feeling a little out of sorts when he hands over his gun and badge after 28 years of serving the public on May 5.

Tod, 53, will report for duty in his new gig as the city’s new policing manager on June 6.

The timing was perfect, he said.

Police officers often start thinking about retiring after 25 years of service.

Tod, who has held the detachment head post since 2014, said his family has made a home in Red Deer and do not want to leave.

It will be a shift moving over to the administrative side of things but Tod is confident his background will be a huge advantage in the role. He will be in charge of the 100 or so municipal workers at the detachment and work closely with city officials.

His new office is around the corner from his current one.

Tod said the department has collectively made positive differences in the two years since he came to the city.

He counts the establishment of the regional Priority Task Force, improvements to the Priority 3 call taking service, building on the city and council relationship with the RCMP as wins.

But there is still work to be done as Tod leaves the detachment recently switched to a new department-wide crime reduction strategy to target property crime.

Tod said it involves having the detachment focusing on property with help from the criminal analyst by identifying hot spots, targeting prolific offenders and targeting problematic residences.

Every police unit and watch will be co-ordinated and working on the same targets, residences and areas, said Tod, who is from Edmonton.

“I think it is realistic and it has to be because property crimes continue to increase, not only for us but for other communities,” said Tod. “We have to look at ways to be more strategic, effective and efficient instead of simply asking for more resources all the time.”

Tod said his intention was not to come to Red Deer to retire but the city job was something he did not want to pass up. Tod is the second police chief in Red Deer to retire within three years.

“I wanted to stay in the city and still be involved in police work,” said Tod

Policing will always be part of him, said Tod.

Red Deer was his fifth post as commanding officer. Before Red Deer, he worked in Wetaskiwin and has 22 years of policing under his belt in British Columbia.

“Believe it or not, it is the only thing I wanted to do growing up,” said Tod, who is from Edmonton. “I didn’t really pursue anything else after university.”

His family members were farmers and ranchers and his father grew up on a ranch.

“I always heard the positive stories of the local Mounties stopping in for coffee or playing on the baseball team coaching kids,” said Tod. “That always impressed me the way they felt about the (Royal Canadian) Mounted Police.”

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer College has been upgrading roofing, mechanical control systems, and lighting with $13 million in capital maintenance funding from the province. (Photo by Advocate staff)
$13 million in maintenance work underway at Red Deer College

Projects improve teaching, learning, and working spaces

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waits to take his seat at the EU-Canada Summit Monday June 14, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau to visit Pfizer on final day of international pandemic trip, begin quarantine

WTO looks at making it easier for developing countries to import expertise, equipment and ingredients for vaccines

Houses under construction in Toronto on Friday, June 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CMHC says annual pace of housing starts rose 3.2 per cent in May compared with April

Starts for apartments, condos and other multiple-unit housing projects rose

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, customers leave an IKEA store in Plaisir, west of Paris. A French court has ordered home furnishings giant Ikea to pay more than $1.2 million in fines and damages Tuesday, June 15, 2021 over a campaign to spy on union representatives. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, FIle)
Ikea fined $1.3 million over spying campaign in France

Convicted of receiving personal data obtained through fraudulent means in a habitual way

In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 fighter jets, 14 of them J-16s, towards the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the island’s defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since China started flying planes towards the island last year. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)
China sends record 28 fighter jets toward Taiwan

Since last year, China has been flying fighter jets toward the island almost daily

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Opinion
Opinion: Governments should come together to collaborate paid sick leave in Canada

If we let our guard down, COVID-19 is highly transmissible and will… Continue reading

Finnish players celebrate with their fans after the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Finland won 1-0. (Friedemann Vogel/Pool via AP)
Finland plays Russia with Euro 2020 knockout stage in reach

Finns played in their first ever game at a major soccer tournament

Scotland’s Allan Dell (1) is tackled by Canada’s Matt Heaton (7) and Lucas Rumball (6) during first half action of men’s international rugby in Edmonton, Alta., on June 9, 2018. Heaton, of Rugby ATL, Ben LeSage and Lucas Rumball, both of the Toronto Arrows, will co-captain Canada next month for rugby test matches in Wales and England. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canada names 30-man roster for July rugby internationals against Wales, England

July test marks the first games for Canadian men since October 2019 at the Rugby World Cup

Montreal’s Deanna Bowen, seen in an undated handout photo, has won the $50,000 annual Scotiabank Photography Award. Award organizers say Bowen’s family history has been a central part of her work since the early 1990s. She’s descended from Alabama and Kentucky-born Black Prairie pioneer families from the central Alberta communities of Amber Valley and Campsie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Courtesy of the artist
Montreal’s Deanna Bowen wins $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award

Bowen to receive solo exhibition at 2022 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

Treena Mielke
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) blocks a shot by Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday in Las Vegas. (Photo by The Associated Press)
Canadiens take 4-1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights in Stanley Cup semifinal opener

Golden Knights 4 Canadiens 1 (Las Vegas leads series 1-0) LAS VEGAS… Continue reading

Philadelphia 76ers' coach Doc Rivers yells to his players during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Young leads Hawks’ rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting

Hawks 103 76ers 100 ATLANTA — Trae Young overcame a cold start… Continue reading

Most Read