Insp. Jeff Pelley has been selected as the new superintendent/officer in charge of the detachment following a selection and interview process involving Mayor Ken Christian, city CAO David Trawin and the Southeast District RCMP. Their recommendation was endorsed by the RCMP.
“Inspector Pelley will build upon the legacy of Superintendent [Syd] Lecky with a strong focus on evidence and community-based policing,” Christian said in a release.
“Jeff has extensive general duty experience, strong leadership skills and a capacity to triage serious incidents. From gangs and drugs to domestic and mental-health concerns, Jeff will lead from the front and is committed to calming the streets and making Kamloops a safer city.”
Brad Haugli, chief superintendent of the RCMP’s Southeast District, lauded Lecky’s leadership, while welcoming Pelley in leading the Kamloops RCMP.
“Inspector Jeff Pelley has been a strong addition to the Kamloops RCMP’s senior management team. His experience, commitment to community and ability to inspire others positions him well for success as the new detachment commander,” Haugli said.
Pelley grew up near Kamloops and he has close to 23 years of policing experience with the RCMP. His career has included positions in Kamloops, Prince Rupert, Kelowna, 100 Mile House, New Hazelton, North District and Williams Lake. He has worked in frontline operations and serious crime, has worked with Indigenous communities and has twice been a detachment commander — in New Hazelton and Williams Lake — along with a watch commander and an advisory NCO.
During his career, Pelley has been recognized for resolution skills, strategic planning and enforcement strategies involving gang and offender violence. In April 2021, Pelley became the operations officer for the Kamloops RCMP, where he was responsible for general duty, investigative services and several support units. Pelley is married with two children.
In a release, Pelley said he is “extremely grateful” to be chosen to lead the Kamloops RCMP.
“My family and I are ecstatic that we were able to return to Kamloops last year after being posted here in 2003 as frontline constable,” he said.
“I am alive to the community issues and commend our employees on their dedication and tenacity over the past year, where I worked closely with the detachment as operations officer. I look forward to being the team’s officer in charge and making Kamloops a safer community.”
Lecky, who arrived in Kamloops in 2018 as RCMP superintendent, has accepted a promotion to the rank of chief superintendent in the Northwest Territories, stationed out of Yellowknife.
In a statement, Lecky praised Pelley’s professionalism.
“Inspector Jeff Pelley joined our team as our operations officer and seamlessly transitioned into his role,” Lecky said. “His impact was immediate, demonstrating leadership, professionalism and community engagement from the start. Jeff is definitely qualified and also a great person.”