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Interim chief announced

Mon March 19, 2018
Saint John – Bruce Connell will assume the duties of Chief of the Saint John Police Force on an interim basis beginning April 1, the Saint John Police Commission announced today.
Connell is a former member of the Saint John Police Force who retired in 2014 with 30 years of service.
“We’re pleased to welcome Bruce back to the Saint John Police Force family,” said Commission Chair Jennifer Carhart. “He knows the community and the operation thoroughly, he knows the men and women on the team, and he can provide the steady leadership we need while we go through the search process for a new chief.”
Connell will replace outgoing Chief John Bates, who announced his retirement in December. A formal swearing-in ceremony will be held in mid-April.
“On behalf of the Commission, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Bates for his dedicated service to our city,” said Carhart. “His leadership and experience have prepared and positioned us to move forward as an organization and ensure the people of Saint John are safe and continue to receive the highest level of service.”

The Saint John Board of Police Commissioners is the governance authority for the Police Force. It is responsible for appointing the Chief of Police as well for establishing a vision and actionable objectives for the community, providing oversight and ensuring accountability in the application of Police resources to accomplish the objectives.