Chief Constable Len Goerke
"A high performing Police Department starts with every employee determined to make a community safer."
Chief Constable Len Goerke joined the West Vancouver Police Department August 5, 2014 after a twenty-seven year career with the Abbotsford Police Department. In 1987 he started in Abbotsford as a Patrol Constable, subsequently working a variety of uniform and plainclothes assignments.
In 2000 Len was promoted to Sergeant and worked as a supervisor in Patrol and the plainclothes Street Crime Unit. In 2003 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and led a Patrol shift. He then worked for three years as the initial NCO in charge of the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team.
In 2007 Len was promoted to Inspector and appointed as officer in charge of Human Resources. He became officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch in 2009 before being promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief Constable in 2010, overseeing the Abbotsford Police Administration Division.
Chief Constable Goerke is the current President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. He serves as Chair of the BC Municipal Chiefs of Police Labour Relations Committee and Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Labour Relations Committee.
Len is also a sessional faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Chief Constable Goerke has completed the Executive Development Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Royal Roads University.
Raised in the Lower Mainland, Len has lived in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley for most of his life. He is an active volunteer in his community and member of the UFV Alumni Association, having served in several roles on the Board of Directors.
Len enjoys Bikram yoga, judo, hiking, skiing and virtually all outdoor activities. He is a participant in Pulling Together, an annual week-long canoe journey that connects police with First Nations youth. Len is married to Judi and they have two adult children.
In 2013 Len was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Deputy Chief Jim Almas
Deputy Chief Constable Jim Almas has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, 33 of which have been as a member of the West Vancouver Police.
Over his extensive career, Deputy Chief Almas has worked his way up through the ranks, giving him a unique and balanced perspective in leading the Department.
He began as a Constable on Patrol and served as a dog handler for eight years. He then moved on to become a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section, specializing in sexual assault investigations and serving as a crisis negotiator.
Deputy Chief Almas then rose to the rank of Sergeant, initially in charge of Community Policing, and also serving as the coordinator to schools in teaching substance abuse education.
He subsequently became Staff Sergeant in charge of Support Division where he was responsible for recruitment and training, before taking on the role of Staff Sergeant in charge of the Patrol Division. In 2008, he was selected to serve as Inspector in charge of the Support Division, responsible for First Nations initiatives and serving as the 2010 Olympic Liaison for Urban Domain issues.
Deputy Chief Almas served as Interim Chief Constable from February to September 2009 and, on May 31, 2010, was promoted to the newly created rank of Deputy Chief Constable.
Deputy Chief Almas is a familiar face within the community due to his duties as one of the Department’s chief external liaisons. He has built comfortable relationships with local residents, businesses and community leaders through his active representation at town halls, public forums, and community group presentations.
One of his most important previous roles in the community was as a key member of the West Vancouver and North Shore Emergency Planning committees. Deputy Chief Almas was engaged in conducting research and emergency planning for the WVPD in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. Cooperation with a number of provincial and federal government agencies is vital in the preparation of an emergency infrastructure, and his work has ensured that the WVPD remains in a leadership role within a coordinated response.
Deputy Chief Almas currently sits on a number of committees including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Victims of Crime Committee, and the BC Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) Crime Prevention Committee.
Deputy Chief Almas is the recipient of four Chief Constable commendations, the Police Exemplary Long Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, and in 2012 he was honoured with Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the professionalism of policing in Canada.
Deputy Chief Almas is passionate about reaching out locally to cooperate, collaborate and communicate with residents and businesses towards making West Vancouver the safest community in Canada.
Inspector Shane Barber
Inspector Shane Barber began his career with the West Vancouver Police in 1987 as a Patrol Constable.
Since then he has served in a variety of sections, including Patrol, Traffic, Planning and Research, Training and Recruiting and Criminal Investigations.
He was promoted to Corporal in 1998, Sergeant in 2002, Staff Sergeant in 2008 and to the rank of Inspector in 2013 when he was assigned as the Officer In Charge(OIC) of the Operations Division.
Inspector Barber currently oversees the Administration Division which includes Human Resources, Training and Recruiting, Policy and Procedure and the Information Services Sections.
Inspector Barber holds a diploma in Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Royal Roads University. Inspector Barber is currently enrolled in the Sauder School of Business in the Strategic Leadership Program.
Inspector Barber is the recipient of two Chief Constable's Commendations, the Police Exemplary Long Service Medal from the Governor-General of Canada, and the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Valour.
Brian Travis, Services Director
Brian Travis was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He joined the Canadian Forces as an Artillery Officer under the Officer Candidate Training Program in 1975. After completing his basic officer training in Chilliwack, British Columbia and Gagetown, New Brunswick he was posted to 5e Regiment d’Artillerie Légere du Canada (5 RALC) in Valcartier, Quebec where he served for four years in various leadership roles.
In 1980 he was posted to First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1RCHA), in Lahr, Germany where he served in a number of command positions before being attached to 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group HQ as the LO1 Administration.
In 1983 he returned to 1RCHA as the Regimental Operations Officer and in July 1984 he was posted to the Field Artillery School (FAS) in Gagetown to attend the year long Instructor-in-Gunnery course. During his tour with the school Brian was employed as the Training Officer and the Senior Instructor in Gunnery. In January 1987 Brian was promoted to Major and selected by the Secretary of State, Royal Visit Office to be the Canadian Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. After accompanying their Royal Highnesses on a cross Canada tour, Brian was vested by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for his work with their visit to Canada.
In November 1988 Brian was chosen to command a British artillery battery in First Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery stationed in Hohne, West Germany. During his tour he served as the Senior British Artillery Liaison Officer to 7 (US) Corps during the 1991 Gulf War. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal by the Commander of the US Army Central Command for his service to 7 Corps during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In July 1991 he returned to the Field Artillery School as the Chief Instructor-in-Gunnery and in 1993 he attended the University of New Brunswick to complete an honours degree in History. He attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in 1995 and was subsequently employed in the Combat Training Centre Headquarters in a variety of leadership positions until his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in February 1999 when he was posted as the Chief of Staff of 39 Canadian Brigade Group located at Jericho Beach, Vancouver.
After completing his MBA from Simon Fraser University, Brian retired from the Canadian Forces in 2003 to take up employment with the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) in 2005. He currently serves as the Director of Services for the WVPD and he resides in West Vancouver.