Vancouver Police Department
Kash Heed began his public service 40 years ago with the Vancouver Police Department, where he ascended through the ranks by transitioning law enforcement in the Vancouver area from traditional responses to contemporary approaches. He pioneered initiatives aimed at crime reduction and prevention as well as greater community and police engagement. He held high profile commands in the fields of drug and gang enforcement, arising to the rank of Superintendent before leaving to become the Chief Constable of the West Vancouver Police Department, creating history by becoming the first South Asian head of a police force in North America.
In both 2008 and 2009, he was named to the Power 50 list of movers and shakers in BC. In 2009, Kash was elected to the BC Legislative Assembly representing Vancouver-Fraserview. He was appointed as the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, a post he held until April 2010.
Kash holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of General Studies degree in the field of Leadership in Public Safety. He is a published author, an Adjunct Professor, and a strong and vocal advocate for smarter approaches to law enforcement and drug policy. Kash is recognized as one of the preeminent authorities on medical marijuana worldwide and is the subject of several news items and documentaries.