The Central Saanich Police Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the next Chief Constable of the Central Saanich Police Service. Chief Superintendent Ian Lawson of the RCMP will be sworn in at the end of April; his hiring follows the retirement of Chief Constable Les Sylven.
“Chief Superintendent Lawson is a highly experienced and accomplished leader known for building strong relationships”, said Ryan Windsor, Chair of the Central Saanich Police Board and Mayor of Central Saanich. “The Police Board looks forward to welcoming Chief Superintendent Lawson and working with him in this role leading and serving our community.”
“I am very excited and honoured to join the Central Saanich Police Service as their new Chief Constable,” said Lawson. “The CSPS has a great reputation for its people and progressive approach to policing that I will strive to continue in my new role.”
C/Supt. Ian Lawson has a long history of police service in British Columbia and Alberta. He joined the RCMP in 1988 and was stationed to Port McNeil Detachment. His service on Vancouver Island then included positions in financial crimes, major crimes, and as a Detachment Commander. In 2006, he was accredited as a Team Commander, and in 2009 was promoted to Inspector and assigned to commercial crime duties with the Integrated Market Enforcement Team in Vancouver. He later returned to Victoria where his assignments included service as the OIC of the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU).
In 2015, C/Supt. Lawson was promoted to Superintendent and transferred to Edmonton where he served as the OIC of Traffic Services for the RCMP in Alberta. In 2018, he took on his current role as the Deputy Criminal Operations Officer for Federal Operations, where he oversees all Federal, Serious, and Organized Crime Units, as well as all Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams in Alberta.