John Bates was appointed as the 25th Chief of the Saint John Police Force in October 2015. He began his policing career with the Brantford Police Service in 1985 where he served for 21 years prior to being appointed as Deputy Chief of the Stratford Police Service in 2006. He served as both Deputy Chief and then as the Chief in Stratford for nine years.
The Chief’s policing experience includes uniform patrol, traffic enforcement, collision investigation and reconstruction, major crime investigation and tactical response. He has also assumed many varied responsibilities while performing a wide variety of command and administrative roles during his career.
Chief Bates’ professional development has included an array of training courses and self-directed educational endeavours which have included a number of courses at both the Ontario and Canadian Police Colleges. Chief Bates holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Guelph along with diplomas from McMaster University in both Management Studies and Police Administration. The Chief is a graduate of the Police Foundations Leadership Program at Humber College and is also a graduate of the Ontario Management Development Program through Mohawk College. The Chief has been designated as a Level III Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive through the auspices of the Ontario Municipal Management Institute and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Bates is also a graduate of the 217th session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
In 2005, Chief Bates was awarded the Police Exemplary Service medal and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2014, Governor General David Johnston appointed Chief Bates as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. In 2015, Chief Bates was awarded with the Police Exemplary Service medal 30 Year Bar and he was also named as a Humber College ‘Alumnus of Distinction.’