5:30 p.m., March 3)
boy makes good; Charles 'Chuck' Bordeleau named new police
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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
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.
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.
was only after he met his father-in-law-to-be that he
decided to pursue a career in law enforcement.
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.
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,
appointment was immediatley hailed by the head of the
Ottawa Police Association and members of Ottawa's francophone
is a policeman's policeman and is tremendously well-liked
and well-respected by rank and file officers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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