Inspector Steve Rai has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1990. Steve spent the first10 years of his career as a Patrol Constable in District 3. He also worked Patrol in District 1 and as a Neighbourhood Police Officer at the Davie Street CPC. He then returned to South Command as a District 3 Sergeant.
Steve has completed assignments in the Recruiting Unit, initially as an investigator and then as the Sergeant in-charge. Steve concurrently, while in patrol, was a member of the Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team, Forensic Interview Team, and was a ten-year Crisis Negotiator Team member.
Steve was promoted to Inspector in 2007. As an Inspector, he completed assignments as the Executive Officer to the Chief Constable, Duty Officer, Training and Recruiting, Human Resources, and is currently in his third year as the Inspector commanding District 3. Steve is part of the leadership team with the Public Order Group, previously as a Silver Commander and currently as the Inspector overseeing the Public Safety Unit (PSU). He was the North PSU Commander for the Stanley Cup Riot, and worked as a Silver Commander for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Steve has a long history of community-stakeholder engagement and has been formally recognized by the community on a number of occasions. Steve is the recipient of four Chief Constable`s Unit Citations and one Chief Constable`s Commendation for ‘courage and professionalism.’
Prior to beginning his policing career, Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of British Columbia. He continued his education, while being a member of the VPD, by completing his Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) from the University of the Fraser Valley. Steve was born in Punjab, India, and raised in Vancouver.