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Chief Constable Len Goerke of the West Vancouver Police Department is the newest appointment to the JIBC Board of Governors.
Chief Constable Len Goerke of the West Vancouver Police Department is the newest appointment to the JIBC Board of Governors.

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) welcomes the newest appointment to its Board of Governors, Chief Constable Len Goerke of the West Vancouver Police Department.

“We are pleased that Chief Goerke will be bringing his lengthy professional experience and leadership to JIBC’s Board of Governors,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC’s President and CEO. “We would like to express our appreciation to outgoing Governor Bob Rich, upon his retirement as Chief Constable of Abbotsford Police Department, for his years of dedication and service to JIBC’s Board.”

Chief Goerke joined the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) in 2014 after serving 27 years with the Abbotsford Police Department. He started with Abbotsford Police in 1987 as a patrol constable and over the years his varied policing experience included serving as the initial NCO in charge of the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team. He also served as officer in charge of human resources, and of the Criminal Investigation Branch. Prior to joining WVPD, he was Deputy Chief Constable, overseeing the Abbotsford Police Administration Division.

He is an active volunteer in his community and member of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Board of Governors, currently serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance and Audit committee. Chief Goerke is a past President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) and active on a number of BCACP and Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) committees, including being past chair of the CACP Labour Relations Committee.

Chief Goerke has completed the Executive Development Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and holds his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Royal Roads University. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2016 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces by the Governor General.

The Oct. 19 Order-in-Council by Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark also included the renewal of two earlier appointments to the Board, Dr. Stephen Gamble, Fire Chief for the Township of Langley, and Bernadette Spence, CEO of the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society.

The JIBC Board recently elected a new chair, Sukhminder S. Virk, a barrister and solicitor practising at Lindsay Kenney LLP in Langley.

"I look forward to working with all the Governors as we continue to achieve strategic objectives aimed at meeting the needs of JIBC students, clients and stakeholders and focus on the future of the Institute through the planning process for JIBC’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan,” Dr. Tarko said.



Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.