Surrey Detachment welcomes new Officer in Charge

The City of Surrey appoints Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP detachment.

After a selection and interview process led by Mayor Linda Hepner and Commanding Officer of the RCMP in BC (E Division), Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, a candidate was chosen. With the support of the RCMP Commissioner, their recommendation was ratified by Surrey City Council on Monday afternoon.

C/Supt. McDonald will carry on the tradition of exemplary leaders we have been fortunate to have at Surrey detachment, said Mayor Linda Hepner. As we move forward with our public safety strategy, Dwayne’s high level experience combined with his progressive and community first approach to policing will make a real difference in the lives of Surrey residents.

C/Supt. Dwayne McDonald

During his 21 years of service in the RCMP, C/Supt. McDonald has spent time in the Lower Mainland and has gained a broad base of policing experience at both the local level and at the operational level. His policing career started at Burnaby RCMP and has included turns as a senior investigator at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), and most recently as the Office in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Surrey is a dynamic and growing city that will benefit from C/Supt. McDonald’s extensive experience in policing and his collaborative leadership style, says D/Commr. Craig Callens. I am impressed by his accomplishments as well as the commitment to public safety that he has demonstrated throughout his career.

C/Supt. McDonald is now the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and the second largest municipal police force in British Columbia. A transition plan is in place that will have him taking on the additional responsibilities over the next few weeks.

C/Supt. McDonald is an excellent choice to lead Surrey RCMP, says Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, Lower Mainland District Commander and outgoing Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge. I have a great deal of respect for him as both a police officer and a person, and I know Surrey Detachment is in great hands.