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Ep 27: Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service

The Police Podcast

Release Date: 05/15/2015

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Chief Devon Clunis is committed to youth and his community, which shows through as we talk about policing and change. 

Chief Devon Clunis began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987 and has served in major areas of the organization including Uniform Patrol, Traffic, Plainclothes Investigation, Community Relations, Organizational Development & Support, and Duty Office (city-wide operational command), as well as a number of administrative leadership roles.

Chief Clunis is an avid community volunteer and has helped to raise over $1 000 000.00 on behalf of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Manitoba. He was appointed police chaplain in 1998 and has provided support to his members in that capacity, as well as providing support to members of New York City Police Department in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. The Winnipeg Police Service formally recognized his excellence in policing and community work by awarding him the James Toal Award of Excellence in 2002.

Chief Clunis was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2002, Sergeant in 2004, Inspector in 2007, Superintendent in 2010, and appointed Chief of Police October 2012.

In addition to his leadership and management skills, Chief Clunis has overseen the development of an in-house leadership development program for Service members. He is a well- respected leader who believes the future of our city hinges on the creation of a culture of safety for all citizens and is honored to help lead in this area.

Devon is married to his wife Pearlene and has two daughters Taylene and Atira.

Early in the episode Chief Clunis gave his thoughts on having an informed community, "I think it’s important we educate the public, that we have a very informed public. Regarding police practices, procedures and why maybe we can’t tell you. I think when we have a public that is more informed, more engaged; when we have to make those difficult decisions, they will understand."

Later the Chief had this to say about being good to each other, "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

Here is the link to the information piece Chief Clunis wrote about telling his community why the police can't always tell you everything:


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