Legislature honours police chief

Len Isleifson, Brandon East MLA, spent a few minutes recently at the podium at the Manitoba Legislature, honouring Brandon Police Service Chief Ian Grant, who will be retiring in July.

“Brandon Police Chief Ian Grant has a distinguished career in law enforcement and the citizens of Brandon have been extremely fortunate to have him at the helm,” Isleifson said.

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“The City of Brandon has some big shoes to fill this year as Chief Grant has announced his retirement.”

Grant began his policing career with the RCMP in 1980 when he served in Brandon, Wasagaming and the Flin Flon detachments. In April of 1985, he became a member of the Brandon Police Service and on Jan. 25, 2013, he was sworn in as the chief of police.

“I’ve had the distinct pleasure of calling Chief Grant a friend for almost 30 years and even had the pleasure of working with him in my position as the vice chair of the Brandon Police Board,” Isleifson continued.

Last year, Assiniboine Community College awarded Grant with an honorary diploma for its police studies program. In September of 2015, Chief Grant became a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces in Canada and was presented with his award by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

“One of Chief Grant’s most notable contributions to the Brandon community is the development of the community mobilization approach to policing,” Isleifson added. “This method brings together human service providers from across the city to share in a collaborative matter to reduce crime.

“His commitment to our city and our province has been truly remarkable and I’m honoured to publicly thank him for his service and recognize the contribution to our province.”

Grant is slated to officially retire on July 3.

Folks interested in watching the entire tribute by Isleifson, can do so by going online and heading to the Manitoba PC Caucus YouTube channel.

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