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Michael Pearce announced as new chief of LaSalle Police Service

July 1, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

July 1, 2024, LaSalle, Ont. – Michael Pearce has been selected by the LaSalle Police Services Board to be the next chief of police for the service. His first official day is July 29.

Pearce brings over two decades of policing experience, having proudly served with the Chatham-Kent Police Service and the York Regional Police. He currently serves as the Inspector in charge of the Community Patrol Branch. Throughout his career, he has worked in patrol, the community-oriented response unit, drugs and vice, media relations, the traffic unit, professional standards, training and career development, and recruiting.

“It is with profound appreciation and humility that I join the LaSalle Police Service. I am thrilled to work with an impressive team of professionals. Together, we will advance member development and wellness, community inclusion, and technological innovation. I wish to extend my gratitude to the LaSalle Police Services Board for placing their trust in me,” said Pearce.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from York University, a master’s degree in public administration from Western University, and certificates in leadership, human resources management, risk management, and municipal accounting and finance. He graduated from the Police Leadership Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, holds a Certified Human Resources Professional designation, and is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

“Chief Designate Pearce impressed the selection committee with his vision for enhancing public safety, strengthening community relations, and implementing innovative strategies to address the evolving challenges facing law enforcement today,” said Mayor Crystal Meloche, chair of the board.

Pearce replaces Chief Duncan Davies, who is retiring later this year. A Change of Command Ceremony will be held at a later date, with more details coming.

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