Superintendent Mike PorteousSuperintendent Mike Porteous was born in Vancouver and raised in North Vancouver, where he graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School. After graduating from high school he obtained a bachelor of arts degree (psychology major) from the University of British Columbia.

Superintendent Porteous joined the VPD in 1984 and worked as a foot patrol (beat) constable in the Downtown Eastside until 1988. He then completed a three-year tour in the Strike Force, worked in District Three for a year and then returned to the Strike Force for another four years as a trainer and road supervisor.

He was next transferred to the Major Crime Section, where he worked for a brief time in the Robbery Squad, before being assigned to the Major Crime Section - Homicide Unit, where he worked as a detective constable for seven years, until his promotion to sergeant in 2005.

He was working as a sergeant in District One when he was promoted to inspector. He served as the Crime Control officer and foot patrol (beat) coordinator in District One, where he was instrumental in coordinating a marked reduction in disorder and crime in that district.

While Inspector in charge of the Major Crime Section from 2008 until his promotion to the superintendent rank in 2011, Superintendent Porteous led a section which ultimately achieved record reductions in homicides in Vancouver, significant reduction in bank robberies, and some of the highest solve rates in recent memory for all sections under his command.

Superintendent Mike Porteous has been a guest lecturer, speaker and consultant at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, at various police departments in Canada, and at the United Nations, on subjects such as major crime investigation, major case management, organized crime, undercover police investigations, tactical surveillance, wiretap, informant/agent handling, gang violence reduction, and organized crime disruption. He is an accredited Major Case Management Team Commander in British Columbia, and in this role has led various high profile and highly successful anti-gang and anti-corruption projects, such as Projects Rebellion, E-Patroon, Evian, Rescue/Rubicon/SisterWatch, Reality, and Scrap Iron. These projects have collectively significantly reduced gang violence, corruption, and violence against the vulnerable in the Lower Mainland.

Superintendent Porteous sits on numerous police groups and panels, including the British Columbia Major Case Management Committee and several national organized crime committees, inlcuding CIROC, CIROC Mexican Cartel Sub-Committee, CACP Organized Crime Committee, and CACP Counter-Terrorism and National Security Committee, as well as numerous joint management teams. Further, Superintendent Porteous is the Officer in Charge and Chair of the Executive of the British Columbia Municipal Undercover Program.

Superintendent Porteous has received numerous commendations, the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Merit on two occasions, is a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces of Canada, and is a former Police Officer of the Year.

Superintendent Porteous commanded Patrol South before moving to his current position in April 2, 2012, in command of Investigative Services, which is comprised of the Major Crime Section, Organized Crime Section, and Special Investigation Section.

Investigative Services - Investigation Division

Superintendent Mike Porteous is in charge of Investigative Services in the Investigation Division.

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