Newly appointed Saint John Police Chief Robert Bruce (SJBPC Image)

A retired Ontario Provincial Police Chief Superintendent will take over the reins of the Saint John Police Force on July 01st. Robert M. Bruce was among 50 candidates from across the country applying for the job.

Board Chair Ed Keyes says “Robert Bruce stood out among the candidates and was selected for his extensive policing experience, demonstrated commitment to working in partnership with the communities he serves, innovative approach to the delivery of police services and high standards of integrity, leadership and professionalism. We look forward to having him lead the Force as we embark on a progressive five-year strategic plan for the delivery of policing services in Saint John.”

Bruce served with the O-P-P for 33 years until his retirement in 2015. He has an extensive background in various areas of policing service – and – since his retirement has been a keynote speaker and consultant on leadership topics. He is also a published author focused on leadership.

Bruce replaces former Chief Stephan Drolet who the post earlier this year for personal reasons after serving in the position for just a year. Acting Chief Tony Hayes will continue in the role until Bruce arrives and then will return to his Deputy Chief position.