Chief Constable Bob Downie joined the Saanich Police in 1982. He has enjoyed assignments in Patrol, Detectives, Administration, and Professional Standards, Research and Planning. Bob was promoted to Deputy Chief in August of 2009, after spending 9 years as an Inspector, and then to Chief in February of 2014.
Chief Downie sits on several committees within International, Canadian and British Columbia Associations of Chiefs of Police. He is currently Chair of the CACP Research Foundation.
Bob is a Vice President of the John Howard Society of Victoria, a Vice President of the John Howard Society of BC, is a member of the Victoria Branch of the BC Criminal Justice Association, and spent six years on the Program Committee of Leadership Victoria.
Bob has a diploma in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Leadership. He is associate faculty for Royal Roads University and an adjunct instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program. In 2014, Bob was recognized for outstanding meritorious service, receiving the Officer of the Order of Merit, presented by the Governor General of Canada.