Former P.A. police chief named head of Edmonton service

Dale McFee speaks at a media conference to introduce himself as Edmonton's new police chief on Nov. 7, 2018. (Edmonton Police/Twitter)

Dale McFee–who was the chief of the Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) for eight years–is now taking on the role in Edmonton.

The Edmonton Police Commission named him as the service’s 23rd chief on Wednesday morning.

“I have been fortunate to serve many roles in policing. I believe that the police are an integral part to leading change and dealing with the root causes of crime. Police are one of the few services that goes to all doors in all situations 24/7, around the clock,” said McFee in a video of the conference, which the Edmonton Police Service posted on their website.

He retired from PAPS after being named the province’s Deputy Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing in 2012.

McFee was also heavily immersed in the sports community.

He played for the Raiders until 1986, being on the team when they won the Memorial Cup Championship in 1985.

He then served as the team’s president.

Additionally, McFee took home the city’s Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.

He begins serving as Edmonton’s police chief in February.