* Deputy Chief Constable Todd Matsumoto
* Superintendents Lavinder (Lav) Mangat, Allison Good and Michael Procyk
SURREY Police Service on Tuesday appointed its third deputy chief constable and three superintendents.
This significant milestone is key in advancing the Surrey Police Service toward operationalizing, the SPS said.
Todd Matsumoto, currently an Inspector with the New Westminster Police Service will now be the Deputy Chief Constable in charge of the Investigative Services Bureau of the Surrey Police Service (SPS). He brings exemplary service, expertise and leadership in operational policing, the SPS said.
Matsumoto will oversee investigators and employ best practices in Major Case Management, liaise and partner with outside police agencies to ensure all available investigative resources are accessible to the Surrey Police Service. Additionally, he will work closely with the Community Services Bureau to develop innovative strategies to reduce crime and its impact on citizens.
Filling key positions in the senior leadership team are:
* Lavinder (Lav) Mangat: Superintendent Mangat currently serves as the Inspector and officer in charge of the Financial Integrity Program with the Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) RCMP. He will be working in the Support Services Bureau with Deputy Chief Constable Jennifer Hyland.
* Allison Good: Superintendent Good comes to SPS from Ridge Meadows RCMP where she holds the rank of Inspector and is the officer in charge of Operations. She will be working in the Community Policing Bureau with Deputy Chief Constable Mike LeSage.
* Michael Procyk: Superintendent Procyk comes to SPS from Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) where he is serving as the Senior Investigations Officer, at the Inspector rank (RCMP). He will be working with Deputy Chief Constable Matsumoto in the Investigations Bureau.
Each of these officers bring extensive experience, diversity in background and outstanding service to the community in their respective roles and agencies. These officers are anticipated to start with SPS in mid-March, according to the SPS.
“Surrey Police Service’s focus of its recruiting strategy is to bring the best of policing to serve the citizens of Surrey irrespective of the patch or stripe of the uniform they currently wear. Chief Lipinski, in conjunction with the Surrey Police Board, has successfully sought and hired individuals that have breadth and depth of experience, diversity in culture and expertise and exemplary skill sets in leadership, investigations and community policing,” the SPS said in a statement.
SPS Chief Constable Norm Lipinski said: “I am pleased to have reached this significant milestone in the establishment of the Surrey Police Service with the appointment of three deputy chiefs and three superintendents. The culmination of this team makes a dynamic and diverse leadership team who will set the tone, pace and culture of the organization.”
He added: “With the senior leadership of organization now set we will continue to focus on the important task of building the Surrey Police Service. We will move as swiftly as possible through this development phase in order to ensure that the residents of Surrey will soon have a local police service that reflects the diversity and values of our city and serves and protects its citizens through exemplary policing practices.”
Deputy Chief Matsumoto began his life of community service as a volunteer with the victim assistance unit and further as a reserve constable while attending university. He earned his B.A. in criminology in 1992 and worked in the Coquitlam RCMP crime prevention unit where he conducted a study on how to best deliver crime prevention information to newly arrived immigrants. It was through these experiences that drew Todd to a career in policing as a way to positively impact communities and improve the lives of community members.
In 1993, Matsumoto joined the New Westminster Police Department and was assigned to uniform patrol where he continued his efforts to build positive connections between police and citizens.
He worked in a variety of units including, street crime unit and worked in both uniform on bike patrols and plainclothes operations. Later, Matsumoto was assigned to the major crime unit where he worked as the team commander in a number of serious investigations and then transitioned to the role of watch commander in patrol division. In 2013, Todd received his second Chief Constable Commendation for leading the department’s transition to E-Comm 911 for dispatch and call-taking.
In 2015, Matsumoto was promoted to inspector in charge of Prevention Services and Administration Division where he brought significant change to youth at risk services, mental health partnerships and creation of the special investigation unit. These services take a proactive and victim-centered approach in working with external human services to bring a wrap-around approach at reducing risk and impacts of victimization.
With 28 years in municipal policing, Matsumoto brings insight and experience to the Surrey Police Service with high ethical standards and values to build positive relationships with employees and community members. He has extensive experience working in a union environment and achieving best practices in human resources and accommodation.
Matsumoto is a lifetime learner and a supporter of continuing education. He has attended Executive Management Training in Leadership, Public Sector Management and Strategy from the Smith School of Business at Queens University and guest lectures in community policing and ethics in policing classes at Simon Fraser University. Outside of work, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Lavinder (Lav) Mangat
Superintendent Mangat has over 26 years of public service experience. Five years with the provincial corrections branch and 21 years with the RCMP. His policing experience spans local, provincial and national/international levels. He has served with White Rock RCMP Detachment, Surrey RCMP Detachment, Financial Crimes Program, Border Integrity Program, Integrated Homicide Investigative Team, Major Fraud, Emergency Management, Administrative Services and more recently the Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC).
Mangat was born and raised in Surrey and is fluent in Punjabi. His family’s roots run deep in Surrey, owning one of the first Punjabi food markets in Surrey at the time, “Mangat Brother’s Supermarket”. He has volunteered with the Surrey sports community for over 25 years, playing and coaching field hockey and soccer and continues to volunteer his time within the Surrey sports community today.
Mangat holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership and certificates in Management, Project Management and Change Management.
Superintendent Good brings with her 23 years of policing service throughout British Columbia. She is presently the Inspector in-charge of operations at the Ridge Meadows detachment of the RCMP, and prior to that she led the Emergency and Operational planning unit and the diversity and Indigenous peoples unit at the Surrey detachment.
Before returning to the Lower Mainland, Good served 12 years in the North and South East Districts of B.C. In many of these locations she formed close relationships with the community, recognizing the value of diversity, inclusion and connecting with the people where she policed. In her opinion, the highest accolade she has ever received was from a Tsilhqot’in Chief who named his daughter after her. Upon her return to the Lower Mainland, she served in Surrey taking on various roles and ranks including frontline policing in the Newton District of Surrey and the Operational Review Unit. She has extensive experience in managing major events at municipal, regional, and provincial levels. She is a gold commander and recognized as a subject matter expert in major event planning and public safety.
Good grew up in Surrey, where members of her immediate family still reside, and graduated from Earl Marriott high school. She has a B.A. in archeology from Simon Fraser University where she met her husband to whom she has been married for over 20 years and shares two daughters. Allison and her family are avid outdoor enthusiasts and spend many hours hiking, biking and camping.
Superintendent Procyk began his policing career at the RCMP’s Coquitlam Detachment, where he was engaged in uniformed patrol, community policing, drug and major crime investigations. The balance of his career has been committed to investigating homicides and major crimes across the Lower Mainland and other regions of British Columbia. Having led several multi-agency teams over the span of his service, he has demonstrated his commitment to integration in policing.
As a 24-year veteran police officer, he has an established track record of building teams that achieve success. Procyk is a long-standing resident of Surrey and contributing member of the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University, is an Accredited Team Commander, Certified Polygraph Examiner, and is recognized as an International Police Trainer by the Jordan International Police Training Centre (JIPTC).
Procyk’s commitment to service has been recognized by the Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP on four occasions, and he has received three Meritorious Service Awards from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. Procyk is also the recipient of the Vancouver Police Chief Constable’s unit citation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the RCMP Long Service medal, and the JIPTC medal from the King of Jordan.