superintendent michelle Davey

Superintendent Michelle DaveySuperintendent Davey brings to the VPD a strong team work ethic. She played varsity basketball at both the University of Windsor in Ontario and the University of British Columbia, where she graduated with a bachelor of human kinetics in 1996. She was hired by the VPD the day before her last exam at UBC, and assigned to District 3 as a new recruit.

Patrol developed her capacity for hard work and earned her numerous awards including a Chief Constable’s Commendation and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Meritorious Service for an incident where she safely took into custody an individual who wished to be killed by the police.

Supt. Davey moved on to Strike Force working in numerous high profile investigations. She became a hostage negotiator and later transferred back to patrol with assignments in Districts 1 and 2. During this time she received a Chief Constable’s Commendation and Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Valour for saving the life of a man who wanted to kill himself by jumping off the top of a construction crane.

As a detective in the Sex Crimes Unit, Supt. Davey was the lead investigator on several serious, high-profile investigations. Supt. Davey was recognized both internally and by outside agencies for her investigative skills which contributed to numerous successful prosecutions.

In 2008, Supt. Davey was promoted to Sergeant and led a team in District 3. In 2010, as a Staff Sergeant in the Planning, Research and Audit Section, she co-managed the relocation of approximately 1000 employees between three buildings and the renovation of the Graveley Street facility. In 2011, she was promoted to Inspector and assigned the facilities portfolio to finish the work on the Graveley relocation project. She was also the VPD’s representative for the CACP Global Studies Program, and travelled to Australia and New Zealand meeting with police and community groups to see how they built effective relationships.

While serving as the District 2 commander, Supt. Davey oversaw the development and implementation of the BET transfer and tenure policy and mandate as well as some deployment changes to address violent crime in the DTES. The changes were successful as the number of violent crimes, and particularly street robberies, plummeted. Supt. Davey is particularly proud of her work in developing better relationships between the VPD and community service providers.

Supt. Davey was assigned the North Command portfolio in July of 2014 and took on numerous projects, including the development of the VPD’s current Strategic Plan, enhancing relationships with community stakeholders in the north half of the city, and working closely with city of Vancouver staff to tackle tough issues like street homelessness, the opioid crisis and substance abuse.

In September 2017, Supt. Davey transferred to the Investigation Division where her current portfolio consists of Tactical Support, Forensic Services, General Investigation, and Youth Services, including the Mental Health Unit.

Supt. Davey is a qualified Gold-level public order commander having command over events such as New Year’s Eve, 4/20 and the Celebration of Light.

In 2019, Supt. Davey was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, in recognition of exemplary performance, by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.

Supt. Davey is an avid road cyclist, riding in many Gran Fondos in the summer months, and she participated in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast in 2016 and 2017. She enjoys a wide range of outdoor pursuits, but especially camping with her daughter.

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