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