CHIEF Superintendent Dwayne McDonald has been selected as the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP detachment. Until recently he was the Officer in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner made the announcement on Tuesday following a selection and interview process she led along with Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Commanding Officer of the RCMP in B.C. (“E” Division). With the support of the RCMP Commissioner, their recommendation was ratified by Surrey City Council on Monday afternoon.
“Chief Superintendent McDonald will carry on the tradition of exemplary leaders we have been fortunate to have at Surrey detachment,” said 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.”
“Surrey is a dynamic and growing city that will benefit from Chief Superintendent McDonald’s extensive experience in policing and his collaborative leadership style,” said Callens. “I am impressed by his accomplishments as well as the commitment to public safety that he has demonstrated throughout his career.”
Surrey RCMP is the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and the second largest municipal police force in B.C. A transition plan is in place that will have McDonald taking on the additional responsibilities over the next few weeks.
“Chief Superintendent McDonald is an excellent choice to lead Surrey RCMP,” said 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.”
MCDONALD grew up in the Lower Mainland and joined the RCMP in 1995 where he began his policing career with the Burnaby RCMP. While at the Burnaby Detachment he rose through the ranks of constable, to sergeant as he worked in General Duty, Community Special Projects, Strike Force, the Emergency Response Team and Major Crime.
After 12 years in municipal policing, McDonald transferred to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team where he served as a Sergeant Team Leader and was later promoted to the position of Staff Sergeant, Team Commander. During his four years with IHIT (2007-2011) he had responsibility for multiple investigative teams and managed over 50 homicide investigations throughout the Lower Mainland.
In 2011 he transferred to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) where he assumed the role of Team Commander for project E-Nitrogen, the investigation into the gangland slaying of Jonathan Bacon. In 2012 he received his Commission to the rank of inspector as an Operations Officer / Senior Investigator at CFSEU-BC. In addition to being an advocate for the End Gang Life campaign, he also worked with key stakeholders to target, disrupt and prosecute individuals or groups that pose the highest risk to public safety due to involvement in gang violence.
In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of superintendent and returned to IHIT as the Officer in Charge (OIC). As the OIC he led the largest homicide unit in Canada with 110 police officers, civilian members, and public service employees.
McDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He is an Accredited Team Commander and has completed extensive training in the areas of Critical Incident Command Systems and Major Case Management. He currently sits on the Major Case Management Committee and the Integrated Kidnapping Operational Response working group. In 2015, McDonald was invested as a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
He coaches youth hockey and lives in New Westminster with his wife and three children.