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New police chief named in West Vancouver

By The Canadian Press

WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. - A new chief constable has been appointed in West Vancouver, B.C.

Len Goerke (GOR'-kee), the current deputy chief constable of the Abbotsford Police Department, will officially begin his duties on Aug. 5.

Goerke is the fourth person in the job since former chief Scott Armstrong was fired in 2007.

Former chief Kash Heed held the job for about two years before leaving to pursue a political career.

After five years at the post, Peter Lepine announced his retirement earlier this year amid allegations of rampant racism, sexism and bullying within the department.

Goerke, who is also president of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, says he is excited to begin work with his new colleagues and build on the many strengths of the West Vancouver Police Department.

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