Officer in Charge Biography

Officer in Charge Brian Edwards

Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards

Assistant Commissioner Brian Edwards became the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, the largest RCMP detachment in Canada, in December 2019.

Assistant Commissioner Edwards has over 29 years of policing experience, encompassing both municipal and RCMP police services. He volunteered as an Auxiliary Constable with Okotoks RCMP in Alberta from 1987-1990 before joining the Calgary Police Service in 1995.

In 2003, Assistant Commissioner Edwards transferred to the RCMP and worked in frontline policing in Richmond. In 2008 he moved to the Lower Mainland District, overseeing strategic planning, service delivery and risk management.

Commissioned to the rank of Inspector in 2011, he was appointed as a Grievance Adjudicator until 2014 when he became the Officer in Charge of the Employment Requirements Unit in response to the modernization of the RCMP Act. He was later assigned to the role of Government Liaison Officer and oversaw contract and service delivery matters with the provincial Policing and Security Branch.

In 2016, Assistant Commissioner Edwards became the Lower Mainland District Corporate and Client Services Officer, where he was responsible for strategic and business planning, risk management and integrated police services, and acting as the key interface between the District and contract municipalities. Most recently, he was the Officer in Charge of the Lower Mainland Integrated Teams prior to being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and becoming the Officer in Charge of Surrey detachment.

In 2021, Assistance Commissioner Edwards was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada. In 2024, he was promoted to Officer within the Order of Merit. The Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the members of Canadian police services, and recognizes their commitment to this country.

Assistant Commissioner Edwards has a law degree and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Calgary. He lives in White Rock with his family.

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