Regina’s new police chief says it was a long, few months to wait until he learned his fate, but is grateful he was chosen for the role as chief.
Speaking with Harvard Broadcasting Thursday morning – one day after it was announced he would become Regina’s new police chief – Evan Bray says he respects the importance of the role he has assumed, and is proud he was chosen to replace the now-retired Troy Hagen.
He says he started the process to apply for the position in August and has tried to wait patiently since then.
Bray says law enforcement and service to the public is in his family, adding his son is a police officer in Saskatoon and his daughter will soon start training to become a paramedic.
He says his wife and mother were also thrilled with the announcement.
Bray has plenty of community work in his professional history – saying he started to communicate with the public when he began working as a Regina broadcaster.
“I joke about my start in radio,” Bray said.
“But we all know, that’s what broadcasting is all about. Communicating with the public; meeting, and forming relationships and partnerships. And so, that’s a pretty good foundation for this job.”
Mayor Michael Fougere introduced Evan Bray as Regina’s new Police Chief on Wednesday morning.
Bray has served 21-years with the Regina Police Service.
Prior to his time with the police service Bray held various positions with the Regina Police Association.
Bray takes over immediately and plans to work with front-line officers – who must deal directly with serious crimes in Regina, like guns and meth on the streets.
He says he has tremendous respect for his counterparts and wants to find ways to streamline the work Regina Police achieves in order to best-utilize their resources.
Bray says he also plans to continue strong relationships with the community.
“Building partnerships within the community doesn’t ever stop,” said Bray in a live radio interview at Harvard Broadcasting.
“That is a constant, evolving piece of work in this community, and obviously, I am going to continue that as well.”