Chief Lunney

Recognizing Our Finest

portrait of Chief Robert Lunney

"Chief Lunney has shown a consistent, career-long interest in improving policing by effectively using new technology, working side-by-side with community residents and dealing with tough issues," remarked PERF President and NYPD Commissioner, William Bratton. "He has proven himself to be a true leader in policing."

1990 to 1997

Robert Lunney assumed duties as Chief of Police for the Peel Regional Police on April 2, 1990. Previous to this, he served from March 1987 to March 1990 as Commissioner of Protection, Parks and Culture, with the City of Winnipeg.

Chief Lunney's police career began in 1953 when he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He retired from the RCMP in 1974 at the rank of Superintendent after service in Southern Ontario, the Yukon Territory, Alberta and Ottawa. From 1974 to 1987 Chief Lunney was Chief of Police for the City of Edmonton, Alberta. He served as President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in 1984/85.

Chief Lunney has been the principal proponent of the accreditation movement in Canada, and is responsible either directly or indirectly for the accreditation of five Canadian police services through the end of 1994, including Edmonton, Winnipeg and the Peel Regional Police.

In 1995 he received the Police Leadership Award from the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Lunney retired from the service on March 31, 1997.