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Police Commission announces retirement

Mon December 18, 2017

Saint John Police Chief John Bates has announced his intention to retire, the Saint John Police Commission confirmed today. 

Bates was appointed 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 Chief in Stratford for nine years.

“On behalf of the Commission, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Bates for his dedicated service to our city,” said Jennifer Carhart, Commission Chair. “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 Chief’s 2018 retirement will allow him to lead the Saint John Police Force into the new budget year, and the Commission to launch a comprehensive search for the next Chief. 

“While John’s departure will undoubtedly be felt, we are confident we’ll have the time we need to recruit a new Chief,” Carhart added. “In the meantime, we’ll all have the benefit of his continued leadership as we work through this period of transition.” 

 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.