Estevan gets new police chief

The City of Estevan has a new police chief.

Richard Lowen, who had been a Superintendent with the Winnipeg Police Service, will be taking over starting September 20

“This is the most important leadership role within the Estevan Police Force and the Board of Police Commissioners is delighted to have attracted broad interest from top candidates across the country,” says Board Chair and Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig in a release.  “Rich Lowen was selected for his deep policing experience, his vision for delivering public value in the provision of policing services and for his proven leadership.  We look forward to having him lead the Estevan Police Force.”

In 2016, Superintendent Lowen assumed Command of Investigative Services overseeing Major Crimes, Specialized Investigations, Organized Crime, Forensics, Intelligence, Technology Operations and Professional Standards.

Superintendent Lowen holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Red River Collegiate. He holds Incident Command Level 400 Designation from Manitoba Emergency Services College and certification as Major Case Management – Team Commander from the Canadian Police College. He is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and a Winnipeg Police Service commendation.

The city has been without a top cop since April when Rick Ladouceur resigned after seven years on the job after votes of non-confidence came from their union.

In July, the Saskatchewan Police Commission was tasked with investigating workplace-related concerns at the Estevan Police Service. A report on those concerns is expected this fall.



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