Winnipeg police have chosen a new deputy chief but he doesn't actually start the job until October, just before the current deputy chief retires.

Dave Thorne, a 32-year veteran of the service, takes over officially as deputy chief of police operations in October. That's just ahead of Shelley Hart's retirement in February 2014.

Thorne's resume includes working with the RCMP/WPS Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit and training as a hostage negotiator.

Winnipeg police have two deputy chiefs; Art Stannard is deputy chief in charge of support services.