Executive management team
Since 2016, Chief Danny Smyth has led the sworn and civilian members of the Winnipeg Police Service. He is supported in is work by three Deputy Chiefs, each leading different areas of the Service: DC Art Stannard, DC Gene Bowers, and DC Scot Halley.
As of 2021, the Service has 562 civilian employees and 1,355 sworn officers.
Chief Smyth has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for 36 years. He is a second generation police officer; following his father Stan into policing in 1986.
During his career he has worked in a number of areas of the Police Service including Uniform Operations, Intelligence, Organized Crime, and Organizational Development.
In 2005 he was promoted to the senior rank of Inspector. In 2012 he was promoted to Superintendent. During that period he played key roles in the establishment of a full time Tactical Support Team, the Street Crime Unit, and the Counter-Exploitation Unit.
In 2015 he was appointed to Deputy Chief where he was assigned to oversee the Criminal Investigations Bureau which includes Homicide, Major Crimes, Organized Crime, and Professional Standards.
Chief Smyth is known as someone who enjoys the challenge of new opportunities and embraces change wholeheartedly. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983, and then in 2006 received a Masters Degree in Organizational Management.
Chief Smyth has also been a member of several professional organizations, including the Faculty of the University of Winnipeg where he taught as a member of the Criminal Justice Department. He was appointed and served as an Aide de Camp for the Lieutenant Governor Manitoba from 2010-2015.
Chief Smyth is currently President of the Manitoba Association Chiefs of Police. His term expires in November 2022.
First elected to the Board of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP) in 2018 representing Manitoba, Chief Smyth was elected President of the CACP in July 2022 for a two-year term.
Chief Smyth was born and raised in Winnipeg where he resides with his wife Cynthia and their two children. He was formally appointed Chief of Police on November 4th, 2016.
Deputy Chief Stannard brings a unique perspective to his position within the Winnipeg Police Service. Promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in September 2010, he is the only member of the Executive Management Team to have held Superintendent responsibilities for each branch of the Service.
As the Deputy Chief of Support Services, Deputy Chief Stannard is responsible for Strategic Support Services as well as the Organizational Support and Human Resources Support branches of the Winnipeg Police Service.
Deputy Chief Stannard began his career with the Service in January 1978, and has worked in nearly every Division. He has also been assigned to many unique projects and special initiatives.
In 1990, as a Sergeant, Deputy Chief Stannard was tasked with the creation and the implementation of the Service’s first community-based policing model.
Deputy Chief Stannard also was the Service’s Special Events Coordinator, accountable for many events including, the Junos, Grey Cup, Charging Bison military training exercise as well as two of the Queen’s visits to Winnipeg.
Operationally, he has also served as the lead for the Service’s Incident Commander Program, which oversees the police response to major incidents in our community.
Deputy Chief Gene Bowers joined the Winnipeg Police Service in November 1989 and has enjoyed a varied career in Uniform Operations, administrative sections and criminal investigations. He worked extensively in the Specialized Investigations Division where he implemented the Counter Exploitation Unit.
During his time in Specialized Investigations, Deputy Chief Bowers sat on numerous committees such as the Sexual Exploitation Youth Committee, as well as being one of the founding members of the Manitoba Human Trafficking Team Committee. From 2010 to 2013 Superintendent Bowers was assigned to the Joint Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force, Project Devote. He was recognized for his work with sexually exploited persons by the Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Service in 2013.
Upon his promotion to the rank of Inspector in 2015, Deputy Chief Bowers was assigned to the Record and Reports Management Division where he was instrumental in modernizing processes and technology increasing effectiveness and efficiency within the Police Service. He established innovations such as on-line and virtual reporting.
Deputy Chief Bowers is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and the Province of Manitoba’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. He is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and sits as Manitoba’s representative to the National Police Information Service Advisory Board.Deputy Chief Bowers is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminology.
Deputy Chief Scot Halley joined the Winnipeg Police Service in July, 1994. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in May, 2021, and currently oversees the Uniform Operations and Operational Support Branches. He is responsible for General Patrol, the Duty Office, Special Operations, 911 and Communications, Traffic, Community Relations and Reports and Records Management.
Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Halley has worked in various areas of the Service, including General Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Emergency Response Unit, Community Support, Homicide Unit (Cold Case), Organized Crime Unit, Human Resources Division, Street Crime Unit, Tactical Support Team and Canine Unit.
In 2011, Deputy Chief Halley was promoted to the senior management rank of Inspector. He was assigned to Uniform Operations in the Duty Office for two years where he was responsible for overseeing the day to day street operations of the Service. In 2013, he assumed the role of Commander of the Community Support Division, which was then comprised of the Central Traffic Unit and the Community Relations Unit. In April of 2014, Deputy Chief Halley returned to Uniform Operations once again when he was given command of Division 11 (Central Division) and was responsible for the overall leadership and operation of the Division.
In June, 2016, Deputy Chief Halley joined the Executive Management Team as a Superintendent where he was assigned to the Organizational Support Branch, Operational Support Branch and, most recently, the Uniform Operations Branch.
During his tenure as a Superintendent, Deputy Chief Halley served as the Executive Officer in Charge of all major events, crowd gatherings and special operations. These include the Winnipeg Jets 2018 playoff run, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2019 Grey Cup Championship celebrations, the VIP visits of President Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Supreme Court of Canada, Government of Canada Federal Cabinet, and the yearly Canada Day celebrations.
In 2015, Deputy Chief Halley was one of three Canadians to graduate from the 260th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA). He is currently the Vice-President of the Northwest Chapter of the FBINA Associates and has served as the Coordinator of the FBINAA Youth Leadership Program since 2016.
Deputy Chief Halley is a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and a Winnipeg Police Service Commendation. He is a member of both the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Deputy Chief Halley has served as a member of the Rossbrook House Board of Directors since 2014.
Deputy Chief Halley received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (English) from the University of Manitoba in 1990. He was accepted into the Izzy Asper School of Business later that same year, where he pursued his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree prior to joining the Winnipeg Police Service.
Deputy Chief Halley was born and raised in Pinawa, Manitoba, prior to moving to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba. He is married, the proud father of two, a dedicated hockey coach and, recently, a cancer survivor.
Superintendent McMillan took over the Investigative Services portfolio on September 12, 2021, overseeing Divisions 40-43 as well as Professional Standards.
Superintendent McMillan joined the Winnipeg Police Service on January 23, 1989. While he has enjoyed a varied career, the majority of his experience has been in the areas of intelligence and criminal investigations.
After four years as the Staff Sergeant in Division 43 (Major Crimes), Superintendent McMillan was promoted to the senior officer ranks in March 2017 as the Inspector in charge of Division 43. During that time, he oversaw more than 140 police and civilian staff in the Major Crimes, Homicide, Hate Crimes, Stolen Auto, Arson, Financial Crimes, Pawn and Affiant Units.
In January 2019 Superintendent McMillan assumed command of the Professional Standards Unit where he oversaw internal investigations, involving suspected criminal and regulatory breaches by Service members.
Earlier this year Superintendent McMillan assumed command of Division 42, where he oversaw more than 110 police and civilian staff working in Forensic Services, Intelligence and Technology Operations.
Superintendent McMillan is a graduate of the Manitoba Emergency Services College, having completed several levels of the Incident Command System. He is also enrolled in the Management Certificate Program with the University of Winnipeg’s Professional Applied & Continuing Education department.
Superintendent McMillan is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently represents the Service on a number of different committees including the Provincial Executive Committee of the Manitoba Criminal Intelligence Centre, and the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime.
Superintendent McMillan is married with two grown children.
In May 2022, Brian was appointed to the rank of Superintendent and will lead Operational Support. Superintendent Miln joined the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) in 1995 and has enjoyed a wide-range of assignments during his 27-year career, including Uniform Operations, Specialized Investigations, Special Projects, and Operational Support.
Superintendent Miln has worked the majority of his career in operations, spending over 19 years in multiple capacities within the Service. Upon completing extensive training at the Canadian Police College, he spent nine years as a member of the WPS Bomb Unit. While Sergeant of the Unit, he planned and coordinated the capital investment project of the new Bomb Unit Facility constructed on Wyper Road.
Upon promotion to Inspector in 2015, Superintendent Miln assumed command of the Professional Standards Unit and successfully navigated implementation of the newly forming provincial Independent Investigation Unit. He went on to spend three years in the Duty Office overseeing street operations for the Service. While in this role, Superintendent Miln also led the development of the WPS Academic and Research Partnerships Policy and Procedure.
His most recent assignment was Inspector of Division 50 where he oversaw the Service’s speciality units, including the Critical Incident Command Group. In March 2020, Superintendent Miln completed his Critical Incident Commander Certification at the Canadian Police College and currently serves as one of four WPS Incident Commanders. Concurrent to his role in Division 50, Superintendent Miln commanded and coordinated the Service’s security response for the Province of Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force.
Superintendent Miln is a past member of both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police serving on the Professional Standards Committee and the Tactical Advisory Committee respectively.
Superintendent Miln holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba with a specialization in Criminology and Psychology.
Brian and his wife Andrea are the proud parents of two great teenagers.
Superintendent Chody Sutherland joined the Winnipeg Police Service in July, 1994 and has enjoyed a varied career in both Uniform Operations, Administrative sections and Criminal Investigations having worked in Financial Crime, Sex Crimes and the Child Abuse Unit.
During her time in the Child Abuse Unit, Superintendent Sutherland was active on many provincial committees and played a key role in the creation and opening of Snowflake Place, Winnipeg’s Child Advocacy Center in Winnipeg.
Upon promotion to Inspector in early 2016, Superintendent Sutherland worked in the Duty Office before being transferred to East District where she spent 3 years as the Divisional Commander. During that time, Superintendent Sutherland was the lead for the Overtime Management upgrade as well as the creation of the Court Notification System.
Most recently, Superintendent Sutherland took on the role of Commander of the Training Division overseeing all WPS mandatory and elective training as well as recruit, CPO and cadet training.
Superintendent Sutherland spent years as an Event Commander being responsible for large events including the 2016 Canada Summer Games.
Superintendent Sutherland has studied at Red River College, University of Manitoba as well as the University of Winnipeg mostly recently in Human Resource Management. She has volunteered in the community for many organizations including 8 years as a board member and Chair of Family Dynamics.
Superintendent Sutherland is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and is a member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. She currently represents the Service on the CACP Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation Task Force.
Superintendent Sutherland is married and is the mother of two children.
In January 2021, Dave was appointed to the rank of Superintendent and assigned to lead Uniform Operations.
Superintendent Dalal is a 25-year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service. During his career, Superintendent Dalal has worked in Uniform Operations, Organizational Development & Support, Special Operations, and the Criminal Investigations Branch.
In 2015 Superintendent Dalal was promoted to the rank of Inspector. He was assigned to Uniform Operations in the Duty Office where he was responsible for overseeing the day to day street operations of the Service.
In 2017, Superintendent Dalal assumed the role of Commander within the Criminal Investigations Branch responsible for Forensics, Intelligence, and Technology support to criminal investigations. In 2018 he assumed the role of Commander of the Central Division – Uniform Operations including the Downtown Safety Strategy. A role he held until his promotion to Superintendent.
Concurrent to his full-time assignments, Superintendent Dalal has been heavily involved in Crowd Management and Special Event Management. As a one of the Service’s Special Events Commanders, he has been responsible for the planning and execution of several major events in Winnipeg. Since 2018 he has also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Concurrent to his police career, Superintendent Dalal spent 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve), retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 2015.
Superintendent Dalal has a Bachelor of Science (Spec) in Psychology/Sociology. He is also a graduate of the International Executive Development Program from the Canadian Police College. In 2018, Superintendent Dalal completed his Masters in International Police Leadership (Distinction).
As a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Superintendent Dalal is a past member of the Counter Terrorism and National Security Committee. He is a serving member on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
Superintendent Dalal is married and is the father of two children.
Superintendent Bonnie Emerson is a proud Indigenous woman from Winnipeg's North End. Bonnie is a committed community advocate, and has been serving the citizens of Winnipeg for over 30 years in her role(s) as police officer, “auntie” and community volunteer.
Bonnie proudly joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 1991 and has enjoyed a diverse career serving within all foundational areas, Uniform Operations, Support, and Investigations (Divisional Detective, Commercial Crime Unit – Identity Theft Specialist, Vice Division).
Bonnie has extensive experience building community partnerships to establish collective impact initiatives addressing root causes of crime, in non-violent ways. Including in 2013-2016, when Bonnie helped establish, the Government of Manitoba – Block by Block Community Safety and Well Being Initiative and Thunderwing Project and acted as Executive Director of this Initiative for 6 months.
In 2018 Bonnie was promoted to Inspector leading the Winnipeg Police Community Support Division, which includes the Diversity Relations, Indigenous Partnership, Crime Prevention, Victim and Volunteer, School Engagement and Auxiliary Cadet Sections.
Bonnie is a fierce advocate for Reconciliation. She is a Keeper and Carrier of the Winnipeg Police Service Eagle Staff, and has taken pride throughout her career to remain active and support a variety of community/cultural activities and training, throughout Winnipeg and within the Winnipeg Police Service. Bonnie believes police officers are peace keepers for Community.
As police officer and private citizen Bonnie serves many Community Boards actively working to address poverty, employment, conflict resolution and safety, including: Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre, Mediation Services, Taking Charge Inc, The Forks North Portage Partnership. In 2020 Bonnie co founded Sleep in Heavenly Peace Winnipeg.
In 2019 Bonnie was selected with 22 people from around the world, to participate in a 3-month Peace Fellowship and received her certification in Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution from the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand as part of her Peace Fellowship.
Bonnie is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada. She is a member of Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and Chairs the Indigenous Policing Committee. Bonnie is also a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police – Policing with Indigenous Peoples Committee and serves on their Training Commission for Police Liaison Training. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba.
In May 2022 Bonnie was promoted to the newly created Superintendent of Community Engagement portfolio.