Hand­off Ot­tawa Po­lice

Shenkman hosts change of com­mand cer­e­mony

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Ben­jamin Va­chet ben­jamin.va­chet@tc.tc

a Three months af­ter tak­ing of­fice, Charles Borde­leau of­fi­cially took com­mand of the Ot­tawa Po­lice Ser­vice on Mon­day, May 14.

In a change of com­mand cer­e­mony held at the Shenkman Arts Cen­tre, Ver­non White turned in the Com­mis­sioner’s staff and the colours of the Ot­tawa Po­lice.

The new chief, Borde­leau, paid trib­ute to his pre­de­ces­sor, who re­signed on Feb 20, 2012 af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to the Se­nate by Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper.

"It’s a great honor to suc­ceed him and to be here to­day," said Borde­leau. "This is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and I thank the Com­mis­sion on Po­lice Ser­vices to have trusted me. I also thank Se­na­tor White for all he has done. We still have many chal­lenges and to achieve this, we must work to­gether, with a healthy dose of ded­i­ca­tion."

Re­call­ing

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eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, Chief Borde­leau cited sev­eral pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing road safety and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. To achieve this, he says he wants to build on the com­mu­nity.

"Since I ar­rived, I re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from my col­leagues as well as peo­ple from the com­mu­nity. It’s fan­tas­tic and I am proud to serve the City of Ot­tawa."

Invit­ing the po­lice to be creative, Borde­leau has stressed the need for preven­tion in schools and work with com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

As Deputy Chief of Po­lice since Au­gust 2010, Borde­leau has worked for the Ot­tawa Po­lice for 28 years. An Ot­tawa na­tive, he co-chaired a com­mit­tee of Com­mu­nity and Po­lice Ac­tion.

The choir of the Public School De La Salle opened and con­cluded the cer­e­mony, which was also at­tended by sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Al­go­nquin com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Al­bert Du­mont, Kit­i­gan Zibi, who de­liv­ered the prayer of wel­come.

Trans­lated by Cather­ine Kitts

Photo: Ben­jamin Va­chet

The change of com­mand cer­e­mony be­tween Vern White and Charles Borde­leau was held Mon­day, May 14, at the Shenkman Arts Cen­tre.

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