The Grande Prairie Police Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwayne Lakusta as the Chief of Police for the Grande Prairie Police Service, effective August 28, 2023. The selection of Mr. Lakusta comes after an extensive search and evaluation process conducted by the Commission.
Mr. Lakusta brings extensive experience and expertise to the role, with a policing career that began with the Edmonton Police Service in November 1995. Over his 26-year tenure, he excelled in various positions, including roles within the Drug Undercover Street Team, Project KARE, Organized Crime Branch, Homicide Section, Targeted Offender Section, and Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), where he served as the Superintendent-Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, as the Executive Director of Law Enforcement and Police Oversight at the Government of Alberta, he oversaw policing standards and governance in Alberta, and played a crucial role in modernizing the Police Act which included the development of the Police Review Commission which will investigate and adjudicate police conduct in Alberta.
With over 28 years of experience in community safety and well-being, Mr. Lakusta has shown a strong commitment to innovative approaches, collaboration, and strategic thinking. He has built strong relationships with police chiefs across the province and has a proven track record of implementing best practices and driving positive change in law enforcement agencies.
"We are thrilled to have Dwayne join the team. His proven leadership, strategic mindset, and dedication to community safety make him the ideal candidate to lead the Grande Prairie Police Service. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Lakusta as we establish a police service that reflects the values and priorities of our community."
• Dan Wong, Chair of the Grande Prairie Police Commission
“It is a tremendous opportunity to lead the transition from the current policing model and establish the Grande Prairie Police Service. I am truly honored by the appointment, and I look forward to working with the Grande Prairie Police Commission, City Council, and the entire community to build a police service that is reflective of, and responsive to the unique needs of our city.”
• Dwayne Lakusta, Incoming Chief of Police for Grande Prairie Police Service
In his new role as Chief of Police for the Grande Prairie Police Service, Dwayne Lakusta will lead the transition and establishment of the police service, working closely with the Commission to develop policies, procedures, and standards that prioritize public safety, community engagement, and accountability. His expertise in front-line policing, investigations, policy
development, and police oversight will ensure the service meets every expectation of the Grande Prairie community.
"Dwayne Lakusta's appointment as Chief of Police for the Grande Prairie Police Service marks another major milestone in the formation of our community’s police service. His extensive experience and exceptional leadership make him an excellent choice for this role. I extend my gratitude to the Police Commission for their diligent work in selecting the best candidate for the position.”
• Jackie Clayton, Mayor of the City of Grande Prairie
The Grande Prairie Police Commission extends its gratitude to all candidates who participated in the selection process and commends their outstanding qualifications.
Please note that currently, the Grande Prairie Police Service is not the police of jurisdiction, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) currently fulfill that role in Grande Prairie.
For more information on the Grande Prairie Police Commission and the Grande Prairie Police Service, please visit www.gppolice.com.