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Chief and Executive

 
 

CHIEF CONSTABLE STEVE BARLOW

Interim Chief Constable Steve Barlow joined the Calgary Police Service in September of 1989 and was promoted to his current rank in October 2018.

As a 29 year veteran of the Calgary Police Service, he has held senior positions in patrol, specialized investigations, major crimes, professional standards, and human resources. In his precious position as acting deputy chief of operations, Chief Constable Barlow focused on getting front-line officers the support they need to keep Calgary safe, including sponsoring the roll-out of body worn cameras and hard body armour.

Chief Constable Barlow was the lead commander during some of Calgary’s most challenging major criminal cases, including the investigations that led to charges against Douglas Garland and Matthew de Grood. He also played an integral role in the creation of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre that opened in 2013. The Centre remains a place of hope, help and healing to children, youth and families who are survivors of abuse.

He is currently the Executive Sponsor of the Patrol Advisory Committee, Vehicle Flights Events committee and Co-Sponsor of the Public Safety Portfolio, and Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Aviation’s Security Committee and Acting Chair of the Board of Governors for Calgary 911.

Chief Constable Barlow holds a certificate from the Police Executive Research forum in Senior Police Management, a certificate in HR from the University of Calgary, a certificate in Leadership Development from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Criminology from Mount Royal. He also holds a certificate in the Leadership Development Program 300 from the Haskayne School of Business and was trained in Incident Command.

He is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal, Alberta Police Officer Long Service Recognition Medal, Alberta Emergency Services Medal and the Calgary Police Distinguished Service Award.

 
 
 
 

DEPUTY CHIEF PAUL COOK

Paul Cook joined the Calgary Police Service in 1990 and was promoted to Deputy Chief on November 16, 2015. 

 
Deputy Chief Cook has served in a wide variety of areas within the CPS including Patrol Sergeant, and later, District Inspector.  An extensive portion of his career has been spent in the Support Section moving through the ranks from Constable to Superintendent.
 
Having admirably served as the interim Chief for seven months in 2015, Deputy Cook reassumed the Executive Officer position for the newly appointed Chief Constable Roger Chaffin for a short time before being promoted to Deputy Chief.  After briefly commanding the Bureau of Operations, he now heads the Bureau of Investigative Support, which includes the Criminal Investigations and Criminal Operations Divisions.
 
He is a certified hostage negotiator, and holds a National Level 2 Incident Commander Certification. Throughout his career he has undertaken extensive advanced police training, and has served in senior multi-agency positions.
 
Deputy Chief Cook is a recipient of both the Distinguished Service Award (2004) and the Exemplary Service Medal (2010).
 
 

DEPUTY CHIEF SAT PARHAR 

Deputy Chief Sat Parhar joined the Calgary Police Service in 1991 and spent eight years on patrol. He was provided many opportunities in the following years and was privileged to work in numerous areas of the Service including the Serious Habitual Offender Program (SHOP), the Professional Standards Section and the Priority Crimes Unit, among others. Continuing through the ranks, Deputy Parhar spent several years as the Staff Sergeant of Human Resources and Career Development. Once promoted to the rank of Inspector, he led the Organized Crime Section and the Human Resources Section. Prior to being promoted to Deputy, he was the Superintendent in charge of the Criminal Operations Division and the Specialized Investigations Division. As a Deputy, he has lead the Bureau of Investigative Support, and now oversees the Bureau of Community Support. 
 
Deputy Parhar most recently received his Certificate in Leadership from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police from the Police Executive Research Forum in the United States. Deputy Parhar also holds several certifications including the Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command Certification from the United Kingdom, the Senior Police Administration Certificate from the Canadian Police College and was a member and co-ordinator of the Hostage Barricade Negotiation Team (HBNT).
 
Deputy Parhar is currently a member of the Service’s Executive Committee, and the Canadian and Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP and AACP). As a member of the CACP, he sits on the Counter Terrorism National Security Committee and the Organized Crime Committee. Deputy Parhar is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the Burns Memorial Fund and previously sat on the board for HomeFront. He is also on the joint management team for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and the Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) for Alberta.
 
Deputy Parhar is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Calgary Police Service Distinguished Service Medal, Alberta Police Long Service Recognition Medal, Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Life Saving Award.

 

 

DEPUTY CHIEF RAY ROBITAILLE

Deputy Chief Robitaille has over 28 years with the Calgary Police Service where he has held many positions. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Operations and is currently in charge of the Bureau of Corporate Support of the Calgary Police Service.

 
His past posts have included working as an undercover officer, police sniper, and file manager for Operation Shadow targeting the Hells Angels. He was also the NCO to the Office of the Chief, supervisor for the Drug Investigative Team, Staff Sergeant, Inspector, Level II Incident Commander, Public Safety Unit Commander, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan Police Advisor to the Afghan Anti-Crime Police, and Superintendent of the Information, Communication and Technology Division and the Real Time Operations Division.
 
During his career, Deputy Robitaille has formed provincial and national relationships with other police agencies by being an active member of many police associations. Nationally, he is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is a member of its Human Resource and Learning Committee. Provincially he is Chair of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police Human Resource Committee.
 
Deputy Robitaille received his Certificate in Leadership from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police from the Police Executive Research Forum in the United States. Deputy Robitaille holds several certifications including the Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command Certification from the United Kingdom and the Senior Police Administration Certificate from the Canadian Police College.
 
In recognition of his contributions to policing and outstanding achievement in public service, Deputy Robitaille received countless awards, including the Chief’s Award for Lifesaving in 1993, the Chief’s Award for Leadership in 2001, an Award of Excellence in 2003 and a Community Service Award in 2014.
 
Deputy Robitaille’s community service has also been acknowledged by awards such as a Special Service Medal from NATO in 1989, the Bill Shelever Memorial Award in 1990, an Operational Service Medal from Afghanistan, Superior Civilian Service Medals from the United States and Afghanistan. In 2011, as part of the International Police Operation Program in support of the NATO Training Mission, he received an Article 5 Medal from Afghanistan. In recognition of his meritorious service, he also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Order of Merit in May 2017. A proud military veteran, Deputy Robitaille was also awarded a commendation by the Chief of Defence Staff in 1987.