The Grande Prairie Police Commission (Commission) is pleased to welcome Dwayne Lakusta as the first Chief of Police for the Grande Prairie Police Service (GPPS).

The arrival of Chief Lakusta completes of a significant milestone in the municipal policing transition plan. Chief Lakusta comes to GPPS with over 28 years of progressive law enforcement leadership experience and the Commission is confident in his ability to lead GPPS through a successful transition. Dwayne Lakusta will be sworn-in as Chief of the GPPS in a private ceremony to ensure he has the powers needed to move the transition forward. The public will be invited to a formal swearing-in ceremony that will take place in the near future.

"We are incredibly honoured and hope you will join us in welcoming Dwayne Lakusta to the City of Grande Prairie as our first Chief of Police. We are looking forward to working with Chief Lakusta on ensuring a successful policing transition that prioritizes public safety in our community," said Chair of the Grande Prairie Police Commission, Dan Wong.

Chief Lakusta will spend the next few months building relationships, becoming immersed in the transition plan, and building the Grande Prairie Police Service. Engagement opportunities are being planned for the late part of October.

Please note that currently, the Grande Prairie Police Service is not the police of jurisdiction, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) currently fulfill that role in the City until the service is transitioned over.

For more information about the Commission, the GPPS, or Chief Lakusta, please visit


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