Deputy Chief Mike Cumberworth joined the VPD in 1987. He was a Patrol Constable, a Detective in the Gang Crime Unit and a Detective in the Homicide Unit. In 2003, he was promoted to Sergeant and was a supervisor in Patrol, the Sex Crimes Unit and the Homicide Unit. In 2007, he was promoted to Inspector and was assigned to the Special Investigation Section. Mike was also a Duty Officer and he was the Officer in Charge of the Professional Standards Section, Organized Crime Section, General Investigation Section and the Centralized Operations Support Section.
In October 2016, Mike accepted a secondment position at Metro Vancouver Transit Police (MVTP) and he was assigned as the Inspector in Charge of Operations for Patrol East. Mike officially joined MVTP on January 1st, 2018 where he continued in his position until he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief Officer on May 1st, 2018. He leads the Operations Division in the provision of primary response and crime prevention policing. In addition to Patrol Operations, Deputy Chief Cumberworth oversees Stakeholder Relations and Community Policing, the General Investigation Unit, which includes the Intelligence position, the Operations Communication Centre and the Police Service Dog Program.
In 1985, Mike earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and then during his policing career, he completed numerous BCIT courses centred on Forensic Science as well as many in-service courses. In 2009, he received a certificate from the Canadian Police College in recognition of his successful completion of the year-long Executive Development in Policing Program. He is the recipient of a Chief Constable’s Unit Citation for his contribution to the VPD’s PRIME project, a Chief Constable’s Unit Citation for his work in the Gang Crime Unit and an Inspector’s Commendation for his performance in Patrol.