New Deputy Chief Les Sylven wears his new uniform after being sworn in as second-in-charge with Central Saanich Police Service.

Police officer called to serve

New Central Saanich deputy chief likes community focus of police force



Service. It’s more than just a word for police officer Les Sylven.

Aside from being connected to a vertical career move, the term service — as in Central Saanich Police Service —was among the reasons Sylven accepted his newest position.

“That’s why I decided to become a cop 23 years ago. To serve,” he said.

Supreme Court Justice Keith Bracken swore Sylven in Nov. 7 as the fourth deputy police chief in the department’s 60-year history.

“I know there were a lot of excellent candidates interested in the position, both inside and outside the (department), so I am tremendously grateful for receiving this offer,” he said. “Central Saanich is a great community and the Central Saanich Police Service has a strong community policing focus that really appeals to me.”

Two things struck Sylven in his first few days on the job.

“Firstly, the depth of experience that they possess, and their level of commitment to the community. I’m really excited to now be part of it,” he said.

Sylven has served in Squamish, Esquimalt and the City of Victoria. He was senior media spokesperson for the Victoria Police Department and has specialized in major crime investigations and ‘use of force’ training. He recently completed his masters degree in leadership and training at Royal Roads University.

“The opportunity to apply that newfound knowledge was a motivating factor,” he said.

Sylven’s diverse background, including several years with the RCMP and most recently as an inspector heading up VicPD’s human resources division, will be of benefit to the department, said Chief Paul Hames.

“With his extensive policing experience (and) his recent academic achievement, I look forward to our partnership in the future of the Central Saanich Police Service,” he said.

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

Just Posted

Peninsula firefighters spend the summer in intensive training

No rest for personnel as they improve high tower, role-plays and marina fire fighting skills

VIDEO: RCMP officer killed in the line of duty remembered ‘through the laughter of children’

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. police watchdog investigating high-speed crash in Victoria

Police watchdog called in after dramatic early morning crash at Bay and Douglas intersection

Westhills Stadium launches expanded stadium with ceremony, excitement

expanded stadium accommodates 6,000 spectators

NCAA basketball comes to UVic this fall

Eight-team tournament features top university women’s basketball teams Nov. 28-30

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Most Read