In photo left to right - Deputy Chief Sheilah Weber, Chief Administrative Officer Sharon Baiden and Chief Paul Pedersen

A Message from Chief Paul Pedersen

As your Chief of Police, I am so honoured and proud to lead this organization within this community. The City of Greater Sudbury has become home to me and my family. Coming from York Regional Police after 35 plus years in the policing profession, I can honestly say that policing in Northern Ontario is very unique. Where we police is where we call home. We live here, our children grow up here and for many of our members this has always been home. That means we are completely invested in the safety, security and wellness of this community.

As a Police Service we are committed to transparency and continued engagement across the diverse communities we serve – we are your police. We aim to build sustainable, diverse and inclusive networks and partnerships with agencies, organizations and community groups to embrace community input through community engagement.

The Our Shared Commitment to Community Safety and Well-being model emphasizes the importance of not only community engagement, but the importance of innovation and collaborative partnerships while ensuring a survivor-focused approach in everything that we do.

Through our current Strategic Direction, we will focus our efforts on Our Members and Our Inclusive Workplace, Public Trust and Accountability, Collaborative Community Safety and Well-being for Greater Sudbury, and Policing with Excellence and Professionalism.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Our Deputy Chief Sheilah Weber

Deputy Chief Sheilah Weber holds her Bachelor of Professional Arts – Criminal Justice Athabasca University and a Law and Security Administration Diploma from Cambrian College. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Global Studies Program and the Police Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.

Her work with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Women in Law Enforcement, and the International Police Association also equipped her well with understanding the broader issues affecting policing provincially, nationally and globally.

Deputy Weber is a recipient of many awards and commendations throughout her career including the Exemplary Police Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee, Order of Canada and two Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Team Awards. 

She is well known in the community for her volunteer work over the years including her membership with the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, Larch Half Way House, United Way, and Sudbury and Area Victim Services and many more.

Her values, dedication and hard work have distinguished her throughout her entire policing career. She is loyal to the profession and is committed to ensuring public trust and accountability. She is an advocate for diverse communities and breaking down barriers to build positive relationship based on trust and understanding.

Our Chief Administrative Officer Sharon Baiden

Sharon Baiden has been the Chief Administrative Officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service since April 1995. A graduate of Queens University, she is also a Registered Nurse holding a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Science. She is qualified as a Certified Human Resources Professional and has been granted the Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive designation. Prior to joining the Police Service, Sharon was the Executive Director of VON Sudbury for 10 years and previously worked as a Health Care Officer at Kingston Penitentiary. 

In addition to her professional work, Sharon is actively involved in the community having served as the founding co-chair of the Luncheon of Hope event in support of breast cancer awareness. In 2006, she joined many colleagues in “Shave for the Record” as a participant shaving her head support of the fight against cancer. She has been on many boards including Cambrian College Foundation, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Bereavement Foundation, St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation and the Independent Centre and Network. She chaired the Games Organizing Committee for the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Floor Hockey Championships and the 2009 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Meeting and Conference. She is also a former member of the United Way Centraide Campaign Cabinet.  In 2012, she participated in “Dancing with the Stars”, a fundraiser in support of Easter Seals. 

Sharon is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Federation of University Women, Human Resources Professionals Association, College of Nurses of Ontario, and Ontario Municipal Management Institute.  

Sharon was welcomed into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in October 2011 and was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction in May 2011.  She is a proud recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in May 2013 was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.