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(Posted 5:30 p.m., March 3)
Hometown boy makes good; Charles 'Chuck' Bordeleau named new police chief

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former East Division superintendent Charles Bordeleau has been appointed as Ottawa's newest chief of police to replace Vern White who was recently appointed to the Senate. File photo


Chief Chuck. Kind of has a ring to it, doesn't it? Charles Bordeleau, the former superintendent of East Division, was named as Ottawa's new chief of police on Friday, replacing Vern White who was recently appointed to the Senate.

The appointment is the culmination of 28 years of dedication and hard work, dating back to 1983 when Bordeleau first joined the Gloucester Police Department as a 21-year-old recruit.

He's had some excellent advice along the way in the form of former Gloucester Police Chief Lester Thompson who happens to be his father-in-law.

Interestingly enough, when Bordeleau first met his wife Lynda at the University of Ottawa in the early 80s he wasn't really sure what he wanted to do with his life, which is not unlike most 18-year-olds.

It was only after he met his father-in-law-to-be that he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He graduated from the police academy in 1984 and joined the Ottawa Police Department the same year. His wife Lynda went on to become a lawyer.

Bordeleau grew up in the south end of the city and is fluently bilingual. In fact, he is Ottawa's first fluently bilingual police chief since almalgamation,

His appointment was immediatley hailed by the head of the Ottawa Police Association and members of Ottawa's francophone community.

He is a policeman's policeman and is tremendously well-liked and well-respected by rank and file officers.

His progression to chief started in 2003 when he was appointed superintendent of East Division, a position he held until 2007 when he was named superintendent of emergency operations. He was later promoted to deputy chief when Sue Sullivan left the force in 2010.

"It's a real honour to be given the responsibility to be the chief of police in the Nation's Capital. It's an incredibly unique opportunity," Bordeleau told Orleans Online during a phone interview Saturday.

As the city's new Chief of Police, Bordeleau said that he is committed to providing the community with the service that they require and deserve, and he intends to build a police service that is both trusted and respected.

"My initial priorities are to first rebuild trust through community engagement; secon, ensure that the well-being of our police officers is looked after because they are our most important resources; and third, to make sure we can maintain an effective level of service despite what are trying economic times," said Bordeleau who brings a number of special qualifications to the job.

He already has established relationships with the OPP and the RCMP through his work with the INTERSECT emergency preparedness program. He graduated from the community policing mangement program at Queen's and he co-chaired the community and police action committee, which strengthens relationships between police and visible minority groups

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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