Boyd signs three-year contract to stay on as Edmonton’s top cop


 

 

marc bence/for metro edmonton

 

Police chief Mike Boyd, flanked by Edmonton Police Commission chair Brian Gibson, left, and Mayor Stephen Mandel, was all smiles yesterday as he announced that he’s signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Edmonton through 2011.



With a grin on his face, police Chief Mike Boyd signed a new contract yesterday that will keep him at the helm of city law enforcement for four more years.



"This was not a difficult decision on my part," he said. "I love it here in Edmonton and I love working with the men and women in the police service. Nothing could be finer."



Boyd, who has been head of the city’s police service since January 2006, will be paid $225,000 through his new three-year deal with the city.



The contract gives Boyd an annual 11 per cent pay raise until his contract expires at the end of 2011. He has one year left on his current contract.



Brian Gibson, chair of the Edmonton Police Commission, said Boyd has "delivered on all of his promises he made to Edmontonians" about reducing crime.



According to police statistics, overall crime rates have dropped by eight per cent over the past two years. Officers feared they would lose Boyd without signing him early since he could have been headhunted to another city, Gibson said.



"Nothing could pry me out of this city. This is where I want to retire," Boyd said.



Between January and September of 2007, there has been a four per cent reduction in offences among eight key indicators of crime, according to the police commission.



However, robberies have spiked by 28 per cent, along with increases in sexual assaults and forms of violent attacks.



A veteran police officer, however, told Metro that he’s hesitant to believe the city’s crime statistics because they can be so easily manipulated.



"If we would get everyone to report everything that’s actually happened, our crime stats would be through the roof," he said. "We don’t really know our true crime picture."



Officers have overcome their initial skepticism, however, that an outsider like Boyd could be the city’s top police official, he said.



Prior to his appointment, the police force had been stung with continuing controversy over a select few of its members involved in scandals.


-with files from Steve Lillebuen



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Boyd’s background




  • Boyd worked for over three decades in Toronto’s police force before he was sworn in as Edmonton’s police chief nearly two years ago.