The Ottawa Police Services Board is very pleased to announce that Charles Bordeleau, Deputy Chief of Operations responsible for patrol and district policing, has been selected as Ottawa’s next Chief of Police.  The position became vacant with the departure of Vern White on February 20th following his appointment to the Senate of Canada.  Chief-Designate Bordeleau takes over effective Monday, March 5, 2012; an official Change-of-Command ceremony will be held at a later date. 

Chief-Designate Bordeleau’s appointment is the culmination of an internal search conducted by the Police Services Board that began in January.  The Board was extremely impressed with the high calibre of all the candidates, and the selection process confirmed the Board’s belief that there is a wealth of talent within the ranks of the Ottawa Police Service. 

Chief-Designate Bordeleau is a 28-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service who has deep roots in the community, having spent his entire life in Ottawa.  He has served on the boards of numerous community organizations as well as co-chairing the Community Police Action Committee, which has provided him with an excellent understanding and rapport with Ottawa’s diverse communities.  Chief-Designate Bordeleau also has well-established, strong relationships with our public safety partners, including key strategic partners at the City of Ottawa.  Bordeleau stated, “The importance of collaboration and integration cannot be overstated as we tackle our common challenges in today’s tough fiscal environment.”  He added, “I am extremely grateful and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead one of the most professional and progressive police services in the country.  I look forward to working with members of the Police Service, the Board and our community partners in continuing to provide the highest level of safety and security for the citizens of Ottawa.” 

Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry stated, “Chief-Designate Bordeleau’s sound operational experience, professionalism, commitment to the Police Service, strategic thinking and vision, and strong relationships with community groups and other police organizations provide the Board with complete confidence that he is the right person to lead the Ottawa Police Service.”  El-Chantiry added, “On behalf of Mayor Watson and the other members of the Police Services Board, we are delighted he has accepted this significant challenge and we look forward to working with him.” 

The Ottawa Police Services Board is a seven-member civilian body established under Provincial legislation that is responsible for governing the Ottawa Police Service and for recruiting the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police.