On March 1st, 2009, Dale Cox assumed the position as the first Chief of Police for the Lakeshore Regional Police Service and was given the responsibility of overseeing the building of this new First Nation Police Service. The Lakeshore Regional Police Service is a self-administered First Nation Police Service responsible for supplying all policing services for the five First Nations that make up the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council. Included in these five First Nations are the Sawridge First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Driftpile First Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation and Kapaweno First Nation.
Chief Cox joined the Lakeshore Regional Police Service after 30+ years of policing experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Having joined the RCMP from his home in High Prairie, Alberta in 1979 he was first stationed in Saskatchewan serving in posts in Prince Albert, Lloydminster and Regina before being transferred back to Alberta. Once back in Alberta he was stationed in Peace River firstly on Peace River Detachment in a general duty capacity and then as a supervisor on the Sub-Division General Investigation Section and eventually in charge of the Peace River Sub-Division General Investigation Section responsible for the investigation of all major crime in North Western Alberta. When the RCMP discontinued Subdivisions and opted to go with Districts, Chief Cox was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and took over duties as a member of the Western Alberta District management team as a District Advisory N.C.O. personally responsible for overseeing nine Detachments in the new district. Chief Cox remained in this position until his retirement in 2009 when he took on his current position as Chief of Police for the Lakeshore Regional Police Service.
Chief Cox has gained extensive operational and administrational experience through postings in various policing units including General Duty, Traffic Enforcement, Drug Enforcement, General Investigation Section, Major Crimes, and District Management. His postings in both Saskatchewan and Alberta have consisted of Provincial and Municipal postings as well as providing policing services to First Nation communities. Through his duties in undercover work, he has also worked in the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Chief Cox has been supported throughout his policing career by his wife Laurie and his three children Kimberly, Clinton and Taylor. The entire family enjoys a western lifestyle and is involved in rodeo through both the High School rodeo program as well as a number of rodeo associations in Western Canada.
Chief Cox has received the following honours and awards in his policing career: