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Dispatches: March/April 2023

April 24, 2023  By Brittani Schroeder

Photo credit: Peterborough Police Service

Stuart Betts has been appointed as the new Chief of the Peterborough Police Service. Chief Betts is in his 26th year of policing. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Operations for the London Police Service and prior to that was the Deputy Chief of Administration. Over his career, he has served in virtually all areas of policing ranging from frontline patrol to executive services, as well as support services and administrative departments. “I am thrilled and honoured to have been selected to be Peterborough’s next Chief of Police. As Chief, I will be dedicated to ensuring we excel in our commitment to professionalism and excellence in support of safety for the community and to one another. Peterborough is to be my home, and I am invested in ensuring it is a safe place for my family and yours.” Chief Betts officially assumed his new role on Jan. 9.

Photo credit: Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal

Fady Dagher has officially been named head of Montreal’s police department and was sworn in with a ceremony at Marché Bonsecours. Dagher was sworn in as the 42nd Montreal police chief on Jan. 19. He was most recently the police chief in Longueuil, and is succeeding Sophie Roy, who became the interim chief after Sylvain Caron retired in 2022. Dagher said his first challenge is to recruit new officers and retain the ones already in uniform. He was a police officer for 25 years in Montreal, working with marginalized and minority communities, and as chief in Longueuil, he introduced an innovative program in that city in which unarmed officers spent time with numerous minority communities as a rapprochement initiative.

Photo credit: Windsor Police Service

The Windsor Police Services Board has appointed Jason Bellaire as the new Chief of the Windsor Police Service (WPS). Chief Bellaire is a 27-year veteran of the WPS. He has served as the Acting Chief of Police for the past eight months. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Police – Operations for two years, where he oversaw all operational strategies. Prior to this, he served as an Inspector – Patrol Response, where he was the first point of contact for community groups and organizations in Windsor and Amherstburg. “I am committed to the integrity and success of the Windsor Police Service. As your Chief, I look forward to working with the Board, our communities and our Windsor Police Service members to continue to provide the most effective and innovative policing service to our residents,” said Chief Bellaire.

Photo credit: London Police Service

Chief Steve Williams has announced his retirement from the London Police Service, effective May 1. Chief Williams is in his 31st year of policing with the London Police Service and his fourth year as Chief. Due to the accrued time from his years of service, Williams’ last day in office will be earlier than May 1, on a date yet to be determined. “It has been my privilege and honour to serve our community as a police officer for over 30 years,” says Chief Williams. “I have profound respect and admiration for each and every member of this service, as they consistently demonstrate professionalism and perseverance despite the enormous demands and expectations placed upon them, particularly over the last several years. I commend them for their sacrifice and service to the citizens of London.”


Photo credit: Sarnia Police Service

Julie Craddock has been selected as the newest Deputy Chief for the Sarnia Police Service. She is the first woman to serve in this position in Sarnia. Craddock started her policing career in 1994 as a member of the Ontario Provincial Police and transferred to Halton Regional Police Service in 1995. Craddock took over for Interim Deputy Chief Inspector Peter Murphy on March 6.

Photo credit: Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) are saddened to report that former Halton Regional Police Deputy Chief (Ret.) Carol (Crowe) Wheeldon passed away. Carol fought cancer bravely for the past seven years. During her distinguished policing career, she served on the OACP Board of Directors.

Photo credit: Toronto Police Service

The Durham Regional Police Services Board has announced that Toronto Police Service Staff Superintendent Peter Moreira has been selected as the next Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service, and he assumed his new role March 24. Chief Moreira has over three decades of service with the Toronto Police Service; he began his policing journey as a police cadet in 1991 and received his training from the Ontario Police College in 1993. “I appreciate the importance of the role I am privileged to assume, and I embrace the challenge with humility and eagerness. I am especially committed to working with all members of the DRPS to make sure that they feel proud to come to work, knowing that they are providing policing services to our community that are the best in the Province and the country,” stated Chief Moreira.

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