Getting to Know Devon Clunis, Winnipeg Chief of Police


10_Chief-ClunisWhat is your favourite thing about Winnipeg?

The multicultural nature, limitless potential and generous spirit of our people is what makes Winnipeg so special in my eyes. There are no limits to what you can achieve and no shortage of people willing to help you get there.

What makes you happy?

My first source of happiness is my bride Pearlene. Just answering this question and thinking about her makes me smile. The second thing that makes me happy is helping people and seeing positive results.

What’s something about your job that people might not know?

Though crime is the focus of much of police work, dealing with issues beyond crime takes up a great deal of our time. True police work is far more complicated than often portrayed in television police dramas.

What do you think makes living in Winnipeg different from living anywhere else?

Similar to the answer to question #1. Winnipeggers live the provincial motto of “friendly Manitoba.” I always love coming home to Winnipeg, even arriving back from Jamaica on a frigid February night this winter.

If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?

Have a little faith and realize we live in a great city in a fantastic country. Sometimes we are far too critical and it robs us of the joy of living in such a great place, among some incredible people.

When you just want to get out of the house, where do you go?

I love Birds Hill Park. Either walking or riding my bike. In addition to that, any golf course suits me just fine.

If someone were new to Winnipeg what would you recommend to them?

Go to Folklorama. It’s such a great way to explore the essence of Winnipeg and experience our multicultural spirit.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I’m fortunate that my job gives me the ability to contribute to society in a very positive way. That has been my passion since the days of my youth and I get opportunities to make a difference every single day.

What are some “Random Facts” about you?

I love ice cream. My favourite colour is purple. I learned to swim last year.

If you could have any other career what would it be?

I’ve often thought about that and two that interest me are psychologist or sociologist.

If you were a superhero what would your superpower be?

I would love to be able to change people’s minds. You could accomplish so much in such a short period of time.

If you could change one thing about Winnipeg what would it be?

The main thing I would like to change is our own perspective of our city. I often hear people complaining about our city and demanding change. A change in perspective helps us see possibilities and then we are encouraged to strive for those possibilities. Too many times, we want to see the outcome before we change our perspective, not realizing that it’s our perspective that is limiting
the outcome.
What is a “must read” book that you’d recommend?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It’s packed full of intergenerational life lessons bridging all societal boundaries.
What’s the secret to living a good life?
For me, my faith in action is the secret of a good life. I’m only human and certainly not perfect. But I try to live to serve others and that brings me happiness.