The Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board is pleased to announced the hiring of Hugh Stevenson as the next chief of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service (SSMPS).
Chief Designate Stevenson is an experienced policing veteran with more than 31 years of service with the Peel Regional Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police. His career began with Peel Regional Police in 1987, where he performed a variety of duties including street patrol and investigative duties. In 1994, he joined the OPP as a constable.
Chief Designate Stevenson achieved his Commission in the OPP as First Nations negotiator and served as the deputy director of the OPP Intelligence Bureau. Most recently, he served as director of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario, where he was responsible for the operation of the Provincial Bureau, Intelligence Analytics, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario funded Joint Force Operations and Intelligence Undercover training.
Chief Designate Stevenson has a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Criminology from Carleton University, with a double major in Law and Psychology. He went on to complete a Master of Arts degree and a Doctorate of Education at the University of Toronto. In addition to his policing experience, Chief Designate Stevenson has held several instructor positions at post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
"I am absolutely humbled and excited to be chosen as the next chief of police for the SSMPS," said Chief Designate Stevenson. "The SSMPS will continue to promote personal safety and public safety through enforcement, prevention, education, and community engagement."
Chief Designate Stevenson will replace outgoing Chief Robert Keetch. The SSMPS Board wishes to thank Chief Keetch for his service and wishes him all the best.
"We are excited to have Hugh Stevenson join the SSMPS as the next chief of police," said Donna Hilsinger, SSMPS Board Chair. "We feel Hugh's extensive education and experience will bring great leadership to our Service and for our community."
"I want to welcome Chief Designate Stevenson to our community and our police service," said Mayor Provenzano. "He brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise, and I am confident that his leadership will be beneficial to our service."
Chief Designate Stevenson will assume his duties as chief of police on June 15 and he will be formally sworn in as chief on June 25 immediately prior to the City Council meeting.