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Council ratifies appointment of new Police Chief

Lorne Blumhagen 

Lacombe, February 13, 2017 – Council today ratified the Lacombe Police Commission’s recommendation to appoint Inspector Lorne Blumhagen as Chief of Police for the Lacombe Police Service (LPS), effective immediately.

“After a comprehensive internal process, the Lacombe Commission is very excited and pleased to have Lorne Blumhagen as our Chief of Police,” said Lacombe Police Commission Chair Bob Huff. “We were particularly impressed with Lorne’s very capable leadership style, his varied knowledge and skills, and his proven track record in policing, which allows the Lacombe Police Service to continue enhancing policing in the community.”

“Lorne Blumhagen is an excellent community minded Inspector who will bring great ability and leadership skills to his new role as Chief of Police,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “On behalf of Council, I congratulate Lorne on his appointment and offer continued support in keeping Lacombe the safest community in Alberta.”

“I am honored to receive the appointment as Chief of Police from the Lacombe Police Commission and the City of Lacombe,” said Lorne Blumhagen. “I look forward to providing leadership to the dedicated members and staff of the Lacombe Police Service to ensure we are providing quality policing services to the citizens of Lacombe and all community partners. As we move forward, we will be committed to enhancing our level of service through effective and efficient delivery models focused on increased public safety and addressing community needs.”

Chief Blumhagen has served with the LPS since 2014, first as Inspector, where he oversaw all operational functions of the Service, including Recruiting and Selection, Professional Standards and Provincial Standards compliance.  From August 2016 until February 2017, Lorne served as Acting Chief of Police.  During this time he provided oversight and coordination of the transition from the old LPS station to the new enhanced facility.  He also coordinated the transition to the new Provincial First Responders Radio Communications System and the return to Lacombe of local police dispatch service.

Lorne began his policing career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Camrose, Alberta, in 1985 as a Summer Constable. In 1992 Lorne was hired full time with the Camrose Police Service. He completed his recruit training with the Edmonton Police Service before returning to Camrose where he worked as a general patrol member in the initial stages of his policing career. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and managed a Policing Team and then became the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. 

Lorne has experience in all areas of investigations including multi agency projects and initiatives, homicide investigation, sexual assault investigation and professional standards investigations.  He has been an intelligence liaison officer with the Criminal Intelligence Service of Alberta (CISA) and is currently still on the working committee for CISA.  He was also on the Provincial Gaming and Liquor Investigative Team.

Lorne has obtained special training and certifications in many areas of policing, and has been certified as a Computer Voice Stress Analysis Examiner in forensic interviewing and truth verification.  He has also obtained certification through the Canadian Police College on the Senior Police Administrator’s course, Major Case Commander’s course, and Leadership in Police Organizations.  He has training and experience in Emergency Site Management and the Incident Command System for major police incidents and civil disasters.

Lorne also held executive positions with the Camrose Police Association, including president, for four terms. During this time he gained experience in negotiation, collective bargaining and mediation processes. He served as a director on the Alberta Federation of Police Associations for three terms, where he was involved in Provincial and Federal initiatives and lobbied government for reform and change to the Federal Parole Act as well as other Provincial and Federal statutes.

In 2012, Lorne was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal, and in 2013 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for initiatives in crime reduction and enforcement strategies.

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