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New Westminster Police Officer Returns From Afghanistan

Deputy Chief Constable Mike Judd has returned home to New Westminster after serving in Afghanistan for one year as a civilian police advisor in that country’s capital city of Kabul.

In early 2008 Deputy Chief Judd was one of two senior Canadian police officers selected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s International Peace Operations Branch to work with the European Policing Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL). He was initially seconded to EUPOL as a senior police advisor, criminal investigations and was later assigned to work, along with other EUPOL mentors, with senior Afghan National Police officers at their headquarters in the Ministry of the Interior.

Shortly after his arrival, Deputy Chief Judd was selected by EU Brussels headquarters to take over responsibility and direction for all EUPOL mentors in Afghanistan. During his year long assignment as EUPOL Head of Mentors Deputy Chief Judd was privileged to work with many talented and experienced senior officers from across the European policing community delivering mentoring and policing advice in several key areas of police operations. The reconstruction and professionalization of the ANP has been a key focus of the international community since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Approximately 50 Canadian police officers have served in Afghanistan since 2003. New Westminster Police is the only municipal police department west of Ontario to have a police member serving in Afghanistan.

Deputy Chief Judd is a 25 year member of the New Westminster Police Service appointed to his current rank in August 2000. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Program and holds a Master’s Degree from Simon Fraser University.

Chief Constable Lorne Zapotichny “ we are very grateful for Mikes safe return. His contribution to policing in a ‘war torn’ country is immeasurable. His accomplishments and personal sacrifices bring a great deal of pride to the New Westminster Police Service and the City of New Westminster. “

Deputy Chief Judd is scheduled to resume his duties with the New Westminster Police Service in mid June following his return from leave.