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Lethbridge Police Commission appoints new Police Chief

June 29, 2020

The Lethbridge Police Commission has appointed a new Chief of Police in a unanimous decision. Shahin Mehdizadeh will officially take over the job on August 31, 2020. He takes over from Interim Police Chief Scott Woods, who took over the role of Police Chief in October of 2019. Mehdizadeh is currently serving as the RCMP Chief Superintendent for the Central Alberta District, where he oversees 24 detachments. There was a meticulous process for the police commission to make sure that they got the right man for the job.

Today, Lethbridge City Council ratified the decision of Shahin Mehdizadeh as the new Lethbridge Chief of Police.

The Police Chief position was left empty in July of last year, as Rob Davis resigned, and Scott Woods took over as Interim Police Chief. Mehdizadeh has over 30 years of experience with the RCMP, and he has been in senior leadership roles for the past 15 years.

Mehdizadeh is known to be an expert in the Crime Reduction aspect of policing. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a University Certificate in Accounting, and he completed his Canadian Securities Course. He also boasts various police leadership training and certificates.

At his current role as RCMP Chief Superintendent, he oversees policing in Red Deer, and various First Nations communities.

The Lethbridge Police Commission oversaw a 6 month search to try to find the right fit for the Lethbridge Police Service, until they narrowed the final choice down to Shahin Mehdizadeh.