Mike Shaikh to step aside as Calgary Police Commission chair

Mike Shaikh, the head of the Calgary Police Commission, is stepping down after four years on the job.

Served as chair since 2009

Mike Shaikh announced today he will be stepping aside as chair of the Calgary Police Commission on Thursday. (CBC)

Mike Shaikh, the head of the Calgary Police Commission, is stepping down after four years on the job.

His resignation will be effective on Thursday.

During his tenure, he served as a director of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and was a board member of the Canadian Association of Police Boards.

Shaikh was appointed to the Calgary Police Commission in November 2005, and was elected to his first term as chair in 2009.

He said his proudest accomplishments were the establishment of the Calgary Police Foundation, the Calgary Police Service Cadet program and ensuring a cohesive working relationship with city council.

Shaikh also honoured the men and women serving the police service during this year's flooding in June, saying they demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the safety of Calgarians.

The Calgary Police Commission provides civilian oversight to the Calgary Police Service.

In consultation with the chief of police, the commission allocates funds provided by city council, monitors the complaint process and establishes policies to provide for efficient and effective policing.

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