Deputy Chief Constable STEVE RAI

Deputy Chief Constable Steve RaiDeputy Chief Constable Steve Rai has served with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for 29 years. He was born in Punjab, India, and immigrated to Vancouver with his family at a young age. Prior to joining the VPD, he served with the Canadian Forces Reserves while also completing his bachelor of arts degree at the University of British Columbia. He then went on to further his education with a master of arts in criminal justice from the University of the Fraser Valley.

Deputy Chief Rai began his career working extensively as a front line police officer where he utilized his experience field training and mentoring new police officers. In addition to front line operational duties, he worked as a community police officer managing VPD’s Davie Street Community Policing Centre, where he partnered with citizens and community groups to address neighbourhood public safety and quality-of-life issues.

Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Rai has maintained a strong relationship with the Lower Mainland’s South Asian community through his support and advocacy for family and youth initiatives.

In addition to his regular patrol duties, Deputy Chief Rai was a longtime crisis-hostage negotiator, a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and a member of the VPD’s Forensic Interview Team, where he utilized his Punjabi second language skills. He later went on to work in a variety of other assignments becoming a well-rounded officer with front line and supervisory experience in various operational, investigative, and administrative roles.

Once promoted into senior management, Deputy Chief Rai served as the Executive Officer to the Chief Constable. His next assignment was as an operational duty officer, where he was responsible for critical incident management. His subsequent roles in senior leadership included assignments as the Inspector commanding District 3, Vancouver's diverse southest geographic area. In this assignment, Deputy Rai was responsible for all crime-fighting approches and community partnerships. He then led VPD's Human Resources and subsequently VPD's Training and Recruiting Section. Deputy Chief Rai successfully managed to increase the recruiting of Indigenous, ethnic, and female recruits through innovative community outreach initiatives. He also successfully led the campaign to hire a large number of officers in preparation for the 2010 Olympics. As a certified Bronze, Silver, and Gold Public Order Commander, he effectively led the response to a number of high-profile and protracted public protests and demonstrations. He was the North Commander for the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, the Incident Commander for Occupy Vancouver, and was a Vancouver Departmental Operations Centre Commander for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Upon promotion to superintendent, Deputy Chief Rai was placed in-charge of VPD’s Personnel Services. This encompassed responsibility for all sworn and civilian employee matters, including managing union issues, employee support, promotions, training standards, and discipline under the BC Police Act.

In his current role as the Deputy Chief in-charge of Support Services, Deputy Chief Rai is responsible for the management of VPD’s annual budget of $294 million (2019). He has successfully lead multiple rounds of collective bargaining and obtained more than 170 additional staff for the VPD in the 2017 Operational Review. Under his command, the VPD has continued to be a leader in law enforcement information technology and has implemented innovative employee health and wellness programs to support VPD employees, sworn, and civilian.

Deputy Chief Rai continues to expand his leadership skills. In 2006, he was the only Canadian police officer to be accepted for the US State Department’s International Leadership Development Program, which brought together police leaders from throughout the world. He also completed the FBI Executive Leadership Program and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Program. Throughout his career he has been involved in many different committees in support of the law enforcement profession. Deputy Chief Rai is currently the President of the British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police, an organization representing all municipal police departments in the Province on emerging issues related to municipal policing. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Ethics Committee and was one of the founding members of the Canadian Armed Forces Advisory Council on Diversity, where he shared his expertise in recruiting for diversity into the Canadian military.

Deputy Chief Rai is the recipient of a Chief Constable’s Commendation for “courage and professionalism,” two Chief Constable Unit Citations, and a Police Exemplary Service Medal. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Khalsa Diwan Society Exemplary Community Service Award and was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in May 2016. The Order of Merit is "a fellowship of honour recognizing the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large."

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