Peter Lambrinakos

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Peter Lambrinakos
Chief of Police of the Via Rail Police Service
Assumed office
March 16, 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Panagiotis Lambrinakos

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materMcGill University
ProfessionPolice officer

Peter Lambrinakos Order of Merit of the Police Forces is a Canadians police officer and corporate security executive, currently serving as the first Chief of police#Canada of the Via Rail Police Service and additionally as Via Rail Canada’s Chief of Corporate security since March 2015.[1][2] He has held various senior positions leading the Organized crime, Major Case Squad, Financial crime| and Criminal intelligence units with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.[3]

Early life and education

Lambrinakos was born in Montreal, Quebec to Greeks. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Economics from McGill University.[3]

VIA Rail Canada Police Service

Lambrinakos created VIA Rail’s Corporate Security Strategy to protect VIA Rail’s passengers, employees and infrastructure.

Creation of the VIA Rail Police

Lambrinakos also formed the Via Rail Police Service, Canada’s first passenger Railroad police dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of inter-city rail in Canada.[4][5][6][7][8]

Montreal Police Service

Lambrinakos began his policing career in 1989 with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal moving up the ranks to head teams dedicated to the fight against child sexual exploitation for commercial purposes,[9] leading child kidnapping investigations,[10][11] and overseeing investigations involving violent street gangs.[12][13][14]

Creation of the Montreal Police Metro Unit

In 2007, Lambrinakos became the first Chief of the Montreal Police Metro Unit and played a key role in the creation of this new transit police unit responsible for the public safety in the Montreal Metro (subway), Canada's second busiest rapid transit system and List of North American rapid transit systems by ridership fourth busiest rapid transit system.[15][16][17][18]

Capture of Luka Magnotta

In 2012, Lambrinakos became Chief of the Major and Economic Crimes Division in charge of the Homicide, Cold case, Sexual assault, Commercial sexual exploitation of children, Robbery, Arson and Fraud units. This included leading the Crisis negotiation and Hostage Rescue and Barricaded Persons Structure.[3] During this time,[19] Lambrinakos was the commanding officer regarding the investigation of the murder of Jun Lin, a Chinese international student murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta. Magnotta fled from Montreal to Paris after posting a video recording of the murder online and mailing the body parts to schools and Canadians federal Conservative Party of Canada and Liberal Party of Canada. On May 31, 2012, Interpol issued a Interpol notice at the request of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal Homicide unit to locate and provisionally arrest him pending extradition.[20] This set off an international manhunt by law enforcement authorities in Canada, the United States, France, Germany and other countries. Magnotta was arrested at an Internet café in Berlin while reading news about himself.[21] As a matter of "national interest", a sensitive military mission was ordered by the Minister of National Defence (Canada) following the request by Lambrinakos to assist Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in repatriating Magnotta back to Canada. A team of homicide Detective transported Magnotta back on a Royal Canadian Air Force Airbus CC-150 Polaris jet aircraft.[22][23] This investigation was chosen as Canadian Newsmaker of the Year by The Canadian Press in 2012.[24] In December 2019, Netflix released a Television documentary|documentary series based on these events called Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer: Hunting an Internet Killer.[25]

Other activities

Lambrinakos is presently a Director on the Board of Directors for Operation Lifesaver Canada.[26]

Lambrinakos was also a police consultant to the Canadian drama film Boost (film) that was released in 2017.[27] The film was nominated for five Canadian Screen Award at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards and eight Prix Iris at the 20th Quebec Cinema Awards in 2018.[28]


In 2015, Lambrinakos was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (MOM) by the Governor General of Canada.[29]

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Merit of the Police Forces - Member: January 8, 2015[29]
Police Exemplary Service Medal - Medal: August 28, 2014

- 1st Bar: August 28, 2019


  1. De Souza, Mike; Robinson, Megan (2020-03-09). "Security logs show rise in anger and violence on Via Rail's Western Canadian trains". Global News. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  2. Bauer, Jennifer; Molpeceres, Paul, eds. (2020). "Annual Report 2019" (PDF). VIA Rail Canada. pp. 18, 19. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "2018 Readiness and Resilience in the Age of Disruption Conference Speaker Biographies" (PDF). University of Ottawa. 2018-02-27. p. 17. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  4. Marchand Giguere, Karl-Philip (2020-03-03). "Protecting Canada's intercity passenger rail service". Blue Line. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  5. "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Amtrak Police Department. p. 16. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  6. "A ride through our history". VIA Rail Canada. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  7. "Sustainable Mobility Report 2018 Transforming for the Future" (PDF). VIA Rail Canada. 2019. pp. 12, 29, 34, 35. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  8. Bauer, Jennifer; Molpeceres, Paul, eds. (2019). "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). VIA Rail Canada. pp. 1, 32, 33. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  9. "Keeping Children Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation". SPVM. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  10. "Kidnapping claims unfounded". CTV News. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  11. "Fake abduction reports need balanced response: expert". CBC News. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  12. Handfield, Catherine (2009-08-25). "Gang de rue démantelé". La Presse (in français). Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  13. "Police arrest 18 with Project Ondée". Montreal Gazette. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  14. "Le Module gangs de rue de la région Ouest du SPVM met un terme aux activités d'un gang de rue". SPVM (in français). 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  15. "Montreal to crack down on gangs in subway system". CTV News. 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  16. Barbeau, Danielle; Bourque, Marie, eds. (2007-10-31). "L'heure juste Vol. 14, no 6" (PDF). SPVM (in français). p. 5. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  17. "Métro de Montréal Police Station 50 (Subway)". SPVM. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  18. "Montréal's Métro (subway) officer". SPVM. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  19. "Compte rendu - SPVM Comité de gestion du Service des enquêtes specialisées" (PDF). Commission d’enquête sur la protection de la confidentialité des sources journalistiques (in français). 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  20. "INTERPOL commends international police cooperation resulting in swift arrest of suspected Canadian killer". INTERPOL. 2012.
  21. Borgfeld, Bettina (2012-06-04). "Suspect in grisly Canadian murder arrested in Berlin". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  22. "Ottawa spent $376K to repatriate Luka Magnotta: documents". CTV News. 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2020-12-28. national interest
  23. "Photo of Luka Magnotta arriving at Montreal's Mirabel Airport exiting from RCAF Airbus CC-150 Polaris in the custody of Montreal police officers. Then Inspector Peter Lambrinakos is seen behind and to the left and then Commander Denis Mainville behind and to the right of Magnotta". The Globe and Mail. Montreal Police Service/Associated Press. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  24. "'Canadian psycho' Luka Magnotta named Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year". National Post. 2012-12-23. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  25. "Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer". Netflix. 2019. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  26. "OL Team". Operation Lifesaver Canada. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  27. "Boost (2016) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  28. "Boost (2016)". Bunbury Films. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Order of Merit of the Police Forces". The Governor General of Canada. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2020-12-27.

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