On behalf of the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board, we are pleased to announce that Chief Paul Pedersen has accepted the contract extension and will continue to serve as Chief of Police of the Greater Sudbury Police Service until 2025. Throughout his tenure, Chief Pedersen has served this community and the organization in an exemplary manner. He was recently promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit and has been invested as a Member of the Order of St. John. He assumed the helm as the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and has led GSPS throughout the pandemic which has the Service well-positioned for the next Strategic Planning cycle. Chief of Police Paul Pedersen

“The Board was unanimous in affirming its utmost confidence in the Chief,” Board Chair Lise Poratto-Mason said. “His open-minded approach and dynamic leadership style has brought life to Our Shared Commitment to Community Safety and Well-Being. As a strong and visionary leader, he has worked tirelessly to move the Service in a positive direction and we are proud of the performance of our organization in policing our community. Chief Pedersen’s proven track record locally, provincially, nationally and even internationally will continue to serve GSPS and this community well.”

Chief Pedersen thanked the Board for extending his term and confirmed he has made a long-term commitment to Greater Sudbury. “I look forward to continuing to work diligently for our city and to tackle important work ahead. We are in times of significant change. The Greater Sudbury Police Service has been at the forefront of much of this change. I am proud of the exceptional work of our Members, our professionalism and our leading-edge approach to policing.  I look forward to leading this organization as we shape the roadmap for the coming years. Our RICH values of Respect, Inclusivity, Courage and Honesty will continue to set the foundation for all that we do to help build community safety and well-being for our community members and businesses.”

In recent years, under Chief Pedersen’s leadership, our teams have made significant gains in modernizing and fine-tuning policing to meet the needs of the community and our Members. While the past fourteen months have proven to be some of the most challenging times in the history of policing, GSPS has continued to deliver seamless service and has pivoted to adapt to new business methods that have included the creation of four transformational working groups with a focus on Anti-BIPOC Racism, a Community Response to Mental Health calls, Authentic Gender and 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and the Health and Wellness of our Members. The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Chief Pedersen in reaching its goals and establishing future directions in response to community needs.

About: The Greater Sudbury Police Services Board is a five-member civilian Board that governs the Greater Sudbury Police Service. Under the Police Services Act, the Board is responsible for providing adequate and effective police services to over 160,000 Greater Sudbury residents.