Sault Police Chief Bob Davies retiringTuesday, December 03, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
After 37 years of service, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Chief Bob Davies (pictured) will be retiring effective June 30, 2014.
The announcement was made at Tuesday's Police Service Board meeting.
Davies, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, was hired by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service June 16, 1976, and appointed Chief of Police December 2, 1996.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Board will begin the process of selecting the next Police Chief over the next several weeks.
Davies, 57, began his career with Patrol Services in 1976, transferring to the Morality Bureau in 1987.
Promoted to Sergeant in 1988, he was placed in charge of the Youth Bureau.
In 1992, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant in Investigation Services.
That same year, he became the Chief's Executive Officer, responsible for policy development , planning and research, public complaint investigations, Community Services and emergency measures coordination.
Promoted to Inspector in 1994, Davies was in charge of public complaints, Court Services, Management Services and emergency measures co-ordination.
In January 1996, less than a year before being appointed Chief, he assumed command of Investigation Services, Identification Services, the Fraud Bureau, the Morality Bureau and the Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit.
Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso, as a member of the Police Service Board, said at Tuesday's meeting: " On behalf of Council, I thank you for your years of service."
Board Chair Ian MacKenzie, in a written statement, stated Chief Davies "has shown uncommon leadership during his tenure."
"His innovative ideas, particularly concerning community policing, have left an indelible mark on the City that will continue to be evident in the years ahead."
"We congratulate Bob and wish him a long, happy and satisfying retirement."
Davies, speaking to SooToday.com, said: "Retirement is something I've been considering for the past couple of years, and the time is right now, and I think it will be refreshing to have new leadership come in because policing has changed quite a bit in the past five to 10 years with technology and Internet crime, so I think a change would be refreshing with some new leadership for this organization."
While taking a no-nonsense approach toward crime as all law enforcement officials must, Davies has proven himself to be a community-minded Chief, interested in addressing the root causes of crime in a compassionate way.
"That's certainly been my style."
"There is a time for enforcement when police have to make arrests, but I'm also smart enough to realize there are a lot of causes for crime, and just dealing with the symptoms is not going to do anything as far as changing problems in the community is concerned."
Davies said: "By assigning police officers like paratroopers storming in to deal with issues, we've tried that and it's not that effective, especially when you look at some social conditions in this community."
For example, Sault Police have tried conventional "stings" in addressing a prostitution problem in the downtown area, but have now taken an approach whereby Police help women involved in the sex trade get off the streets through Police connections with community service groups.
"I believe that through working with community partners, we'll see positive results," Davies said.
Davies has focussed, throughout his career, on helping victims of crimes and the disadvantaged.
He has served with the Sexual Assault Care Centre Advisory Committee, Family Services Centre Board of Directors, Sexual Abuse Steering Committee, the Gord Saunders House Neighbourhood Liaison Committee, United Way, several youth committees, the Ken Brown Board of Directors, and the Safe Communities Partnership.
Davies said his biggest memory from his years as Chief isn't a pleasant one, referring to the death of Sault Police Service Constable Don Doucet, who died as a result of being the victim of an impaired driver May 14, 2006.
"I didn't think something like that would ever happen, but that stands out, and it isn't a fond memory."
On a positive note, Davies said: "I'm proud this is a progressive, modern police service, working with new technology and working with budgets."
Davies said City Council and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Board has been supportive, "giving me the dollars to fulfill my mandate, and I'm proud the men and women under my command have pulled together as a team."
"Whoever takes my place will take over a police service that has no issues, scandals or problems to deal with, and can step right in and continue policing."
Any advice for his successor, whoever he or she may be?
Davies said the new Chief "must be forward thinking and realize policing changes, issues will arise and must deal with them as they come and do what's best for the community."
Davies, a husband and father of two sons and two daughters, told us he has no particular plans for his retirement other than to enjoy free time with his family.
westofthesoo 12/3/2013 3:16:32 PM Report
thank you for your service!!
Slick Nick 12/3/2013 3:26:09 PM Report
Congratulations on your retirement!
HONEST1 12/3/2013 3:32:28 PM Report
You did a great job in that position. Nice to see you retire while your still young and healthy. Hopefully the older staff sergents eligible for retirement will do so aswell.
Beej 12/3/2013 3:36:52 PM Report
Great job, Bob, congratulations.
We can only hope that they will make a wise decision in filling your shoes.
Gater 12/3/2013 3:37:45 PM Report
Congrats on your retirement. Thank you for your Service to the community and policing in Ontario.
catstimes2 12/3/2013 3:40:09 PM Report
Job well done Bob. Enjoy your retirement.
iamtc 12/3/2013 3:58:48 PM Report
Should of stepped down long time ago to much problems in this city I guess when the going gets tuff the chief retires
David Poluck 12/3/2013 4:01:41 PM Report
Congratulations Bob on your retirement!
asp 12/3/2013 4:21:44 PM Report
Congratulations Bob, you deserve the rest,and you did a great job my dear friend.
Me Myself an I 12/3/2013 4:29:46 PM Report
@iamtc well maybe you can apply since you seem to be an expert
iamtc 12/3/2013 4:43:20 PM Report
Myself are u on welfare
nikki22 12/3/2013 6:43:37 PM Report
good looks like he hi
Daiv 12/3/2013 6:55:09 PM Report
@Me Myself and I
Are you educated at all?
I'm actually surprised that more people haven't been on here saying how happy they are that the chief is retiring. Every time something happens here, the commenters are quick to blame the police and accuse them of doing absolutely nothing to help protect this city.
Anyway, congratulations, Bob Davies. Enjoy your retirement.
Daiv 12/3/2013 6:56:00 PM Report
Me Myself an I - not and.
sweetc 12/3/2013 7:06:50 PM Report
Well maybe people are thinking... "Better the devil you know then the one you don't"
I am hoping that the new chief will have a better handle on his officers and there is more going to be done to handle the serious drug problems in this city.
Me myself and I 12/3/2013 7:07:45 PM Report
Yes well said Me Myself an I!
I agree with Daiv, too!
All the best to Chief Bob Davies!
anama 12/3/2013 7:09:05 PM Report
Congratulations Bob, you have served the city well and have made us very proud. Enjoy your well deserved retirement. I just retired from similiar yrs. of nursing and like you say, it's just not like it used to be, and so happy to be out now.We earned our dues. All the best.
Bobby Nerves 12/3/2013 7:20:08 PM Report
Thank you very much for all your years of service to the community.
Enjoy a well deserved retirement and all the best in your future endeavors.
Finite 12/3/2013 8:30:21 PM Report
Congrats and I hope you enjoy a well deserved retirement!
Pictureman 12/3/2013 8:38:16 PM Report
Congrats and enjoy your retirement. I know you have earned it as I have a cousin who recently retired from a Metro area police force after 30 some years.
DAKOTA_SPORT 12/3/2013 8:45:04 PM Report
Might as well retire, he is not doing anything for this city anyway, sitting there high and mighty collecting over 100000 a year to do nothing!!! Only thing he has done is protect the dirty cops we have in this city!
iamtc 12/3/2013 9:06:47 PM Report
I agree dakota
soowat 12/3/2013 9:20:48 PM Report
You make the statement,"Only thing he has done is protect the dirty cops we have in this city!"
Do you have anything that backs up that statement or are you just blowing smoke out your butt?
If the former,then you have an obligation,as an honest upstanding citizen, to go to the police commission or the media and put the facts on the table. If,as I suspect it's the latter then you really need to do something productive,like get a life.
Me Myself an I 12/3/2013 9:24:45 PM Report
@iamtc Not that it's any of your business. but NO. I am not on welfare. Now grow up
Voxboy876 12/3/2013 10:00:42 PM Report
Great Job. Congrats on your retirement.
To the two posters that have nothing better to do than complain without any clue as to what it takes to do that job.... I'll bet you are useless and unproductive people that probably never give of themselves.....that's just a "special kind of stupid"
sweetc 12/3/2013 10:20:07 PM Report
LOL>>>> you are sure blowing smoke out of your other hole. Can't think of anything else to say to the chief's credibility other than attacking someone else's. You have no idea. lol LOL
soowat 12/3/2013 11:10:17 PM Report
And you lack the guts to substantiate your innuendo
sweetc 12/3/2013 11:28:28 PM Report
Botched investigations..... certain names not released others released... stinks of coverup somehow. Does the chief not know what his officers are doing?>
mikematt56 12/4/2013 6:34:28 AM Report
@iamtc - get back under the bridge :)
rlmac 12/4/2013 8:17:53 AM Report
I tend to agree somewhat with "sweetc" on some level. Chief Davies has an impressive work record and I am sure was 100% committed to his leadership role and I offer "thank you's" for his years of service but I hope that the hiring committee takes this opportunity to hire a new chief who quickly sees that there are problems and issues in the City that need attention. Particularly that there is a need for strong leadership to get control of a plethora of officers that need training in community-based policing. It is evident in conversations and postings that there is a huge need to re-establish a level of respect for our police force. Just as there is a need for our police force to improve respect for our community citizens. Not all folks they deal with day-in, day-out are criminals but everyday folks who need empathy and understanding. In my opinion (and I have personally experienced this)our officers need to learn how to keep their personal opinions and comments to themselves during a situation. I believe their role is to "apply the law" not "issue judgement". As professionals they must learn to keep inappropriate comments and personal opinions to themselves at all times. This will require strong, community-minded leadership, training dollars and a community that wants to proactively work together. The resignation of Chief Davies gives our City a chance to start fresh. I can only hope our leaders don't "blow it"!
iamtc 12/4/2013 8:37:54 AM Report
Th� chife is related to ford
B Boy 12/4/2013 8:43:46 AM Report
Very well put & reasoned, I completely agree.
sweetc 12/4/2013 11:00:05 AM Report
Thank you for putting it so eloquently. There are some police officers in our community who could use a lesson in manners and to respect the person they are dealing with. I will give you an example of what I mean.
While investigating an accident involving a senior citizen, without even finding out what happened... the senior was asked..."What happened? Did you have a senior moment?" The assumption was that the senior driver that he/she was talking to caused the accident by not paying attention where it actually was the other drivers fault and was stated so by witnesses at the scene. This was very crass of the officer involved to say but that is what we have come to expect from our Sault Ste Marie officers.
burnell 12/4/2013 8:56:13 PM Report
rumour has it rob ford and brother to replace chief of police