The western Manitoba city of Brandon is getting a new police chief.

Insp. Ian Grant, who has served with the Brandon Police Service for nearly 28 years, steps into the role in January.

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Brandon police Insp. Ian Grant takes over as the city's police chief on Jan. 23. (Brandon Police Service)

He takes over from outgoing police Chief Keith Atkinson, who is retiring after serving as Brandon's top cop for the past six  years.

"I've worked for a lot of chiefs in my time, and I learned a lot from every one of them," Grant told CBC News in an interview Tuesday.

"I just thought that this is a perfect opportunity to take everything that I've learned and to try and move the organization forward."

Grant said morale in the Brandon Police Service is good, but one of his biggest challenges will be moving the force forward at a time when the city is growing.

"There's, you know, some unique challenges when you're facing growth, and especially when it comes to dealing with people who speak different languages," he said.

Grant will officially take over as Brandon's police chief on Jan. 23.