Victoria Police’s Del Manak on fostering leaders and inspiring youth

Chief Constable Del Manak of the Victoria Police joins host Lucky Budd on the Vital Victoria Podcast to talk about his life in the public service, and how the police are helping foster future leaders through their non-profit and related youth work.

Chief Manak reflects on his childhood in Victoria, his inspirations for leadership, and his vision for the future of police work at a time when more community members feel less safe overall. He also discusses the new Greater Victoria Police Foundation, which offers youth camps and one-on-one mentorships between young people and police officers, to inspire confidence, leadership, and community engagement.

Vital Signs Issue Area:

This episode relates to the issue area of ‘Safety’, which was given a C+ grade in Greater Victoria’s 2023 Vital Signs report (see pages 26, 27). This issue is connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions, and Goal 4: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities.

Episode 20 Guest:

Chief Constable Del Manak of the Victoria Police Department was born and raised in Victoria, and has been promoting public safety, social responsibility, community connections, and good citizenship in various policing roles for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Police Leadership Program and earned a Master’s in Terrorism, Risk and Security Studies at SFU. He also received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and the Police Exemplary Service medal. He was promoted to Chief in 2017.

Chief Manak serves as a police advisor for the Greater Victoria Police Foundation, which launched last October. The foundation aims to build healthier communities through mentorships and awards for young people. Through its programs, youth are taught vital leadership and life skills.

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