The OPP North West Region would like to thank outgoing Chief Superintendent Mark Pritchard for all his hard work, and congratulate Superintendent Dave Lucas in his promotion to chief superintendent and new commander of the region, effective Dec. 1.
Lucas, who was the detachment commander for Rainy River District in the mid-2000s, brings a wealth of experience to his new position of commander of OPP NWR.
He began his policing career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In 1992, Lucas joined the OPP, taking a posting in the NWR and has remained here ever since.
He has invaluable experience that comes from working with many of the 500 uniformed and civilian members responsible for providing front-line and specialized services within the region.
Lucas has worked as a uniformed member, an ERT member, a Crime Unit member, a member of the Professional Standards Bureau, the commander of both the Rainy River District detachment and Kenora detachment, as a Critical Incident Commander, and most recently as the director of the NWR.
He has had the honour of working at, or from, most of the nine-host and 15-satellite detachments throughout the 421,000 square km that make up the NWR.
“We will continue to build on our relationships with all communities, and work in collaboration with our partners to enhance community safety and well-being in the North West Region,” Lucas pledged.
“Strong support to the health, safety, and wellness of all OPP staff is also a priority,” he added.
Further changes to the North West Region command structure include the following, effective Dec. 1:
- Inspector D. (Dwight) Thib, Manager of Operations North West Region, has been promoted to Superintendent and assigned Director-Operations, North West Region; and
- Detective Staff Sergeant (Mark) Hutchinson, Manager of Criminal Operations North West Region, has been promoted to Inspector and assigned Manager-Operations, North West Region.
These members of OPP North West Region Command have good knowledge of policing in the north and understand the importance of working with indigenous communities.