Port Moody Police Department

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Port Moody Police Department
Heraldic badge of PMPD
Motto Courage Integrity Service
Agency overview
Formed 1913
Employees 54
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Port Moody in the province of British Columbia, Canada
Governing body Port Moody Police Board
Constituting instrument BC Police Act
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 3051 St. Johns Street
Police Constables 41
Civilians 13
Elected officers responsible
  • The Honourable Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
  • His Worship Mike Clay, Mayor & Chair of the Port Moody Police Board
Agency executive Chris Rattenbury, Chief Constable
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Port Moody Police Department is the police force for the City of Port Moody, British Columbia.


On July 14, 2003, the PMPD came under the spotlight when an off-duty officer shot dead Keyvan Tabesh, an 18-year-old Iranian teen wielding a machete and running toward the police officer. It was determined post-mortem the teen was in mild physical intoxication from alcohol.[1] The officer who shot the teen was not named in the ensuing Coroner's inquest out of concern for the officer's safety due to death threats[2] and a 5-person jury panel found the act to be a homicide (but it has no power to determine criminal charges) and issued two recommendations for the police force .[3] The Mayor and Chair of Police Board determined a complaint against the said officer using excessive and lethal force when other options were available were not substantiated and this decision was further upheld by the Police Complaint Commissioner of British Columbia.[1]

It led to further strain of relationship between Canada and Iran because of another incident just days earlier where a Canadian photojournalist who died in Iranian custody was responded by the Ambassador to Iran being recalled and a strong demand for investigation over this incident. The Iranian Foreign Ministry responded by accusing the Canadian Government of being "racist" for targeting its citizen in Canada.[4][5]

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