Policing in Challenging Times


March 25, 2021 :: Shahin Mehdizadeh, Lethbridge Police Chief
Moderated by SACPA administrator

These are challenging times for the world, and law enforcement agencies are not exempt from the
taxing circumstances or the growing expectations of the community, whether that’s from a global or
local perspective. Under greater scrutiny than perhaps ever before, policing in 2021 presents numerous
potential perils which must be safely navigated. In his presentation, ‘Policing in Challenging Times’, the
speaker will discuss the many and varied challenges facing the Lethbridge Police Service, ranging from
the opioid crisis and resulting spin-offs, to policing during a pandemic and dealing with budget
constraints in the face of rising crime rates. The discussion will also include both internal and external
means to tackle those challenges. Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh will open his presentation
by outlining the journey which brought him to a leadership role with the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS).

Speaker: Shahin Mehdizadeh, Lethbridge Police Chief

Sworn in as the Lethbridge Chief of Police in August of 2020, he began his policing career with the RCMP in
1989. He is an accomplished police executive with more than 30 years of national and international
policing experience covering such disciplines as general patrol duties, major crimes, drug and organized
crime, covert operations and national security. A Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), Chief Mehdizadeh has a proven track record of success in leading initiatives to counter and prevent crime, promote public safety and build strong relationships with communities.

Date and time: Thursday March 25, 2021 at 10:00 am MST

YouTube Live link: https://youtu.be/yNrVAibLcBA

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