Spotlight on a Coordinator: Port Alberni’s Dave Cusson

Dave Cusson is the new Community Policing Manager for the City of Port Alberni. While Dave has held the role for the past six months, he is no stranger to policing or keeping communities safe. Dave brings nearly 35-years of public service expertise to Port Alberni Block Watch. He first served as a member of the RCMP for 33 years before retiring in 2017. He then transitioned into a civilian role with the City of Nanaimo as their Community Policing Coordinator for three years. Dave then took on the newly created Community Policing Manager role in Port Alberni. His true passion is working with the community he serves and promoting safety. Over the course of his career with the RCMP, Dave worked in a number of different roles including General Duty, Municipal Traffic, Plain Clothes, Community Policing, Drug Awareness and a variety of instructor roles, both locally and provincially. He has found all these experiences rewarding, and truly enjoys working with both adults and youth in his community. Port Alberni currently has ten registered Block Watch groups and his goal is to build the program to generate more community engagement. When asked about his highlight of Port Alberni, Dave considers himself fortunate enough to have served as a Police officer in Port Alberni for 22 years and will now be able to finish his working career here as a civilian in this awesome community!

Congratulations on your new appointment Dave!

By Kimberly Kelley, Victoria PD

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