North Bay Police Services Board Announces New Chief of Police Shawn Devine

North Bay Police Services Board Announces New Chief of Police Shawn Devine


At a media conference held at police headquarters yesterday, the North Bay Police Services Board announced that Deputy Chief Shawn Devine of the North Bay Police Service, will be promoted to the position of Chief of Police, effective January 22nd, 2016.

As per the Board’s announcement at its May 2015 open session Board meeting, current Chief Paul Cook is retiring from the Service. A Change of Command Ceremony will take place on Friday January 22nd, 2016, when the new Chief will be sworn in. The Board will announce details about this event at a future Board meeting.

“Deputy Chief Shawn Devine is a well-respected police leader with years of experience serving the City of North Bay and the Municipality of Callander with passion, commitment and vision. He is a dedicated team player and devoted community volunteer with exceptional knowledge of the North Bay Police Service, its history, its policies and its challenges,” said Mr. Dennis O’Connor, Chair of the North Bay Police Services Board. “It gives me great pleasure to make this announcement on behalf of the Board today. We are confident that he will be successful in his new position and look forward to continuing the positive and productive working relationship we have had with him in the past.”

“I would like to thank Board Chair Dennis O’Connor as well as all members of the North Bay Police Services Board for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the men and women of this organization as we move forward together,” said Deputy Chief Shawn Devine, North Bay Police Service. “It is my pledge to work hand-in-hand with the members of this Service as well as the citizens of North Bay and Callander to ensure that our communities are safe places to live, play, grow and visit.”

About Deputy Chief Shawn Devine
The North Bay Police Service hired Deputy Chief Shawn Devine as a Constable in 1988. It is where he has spent his entire policing career, working as a Detective Constable with the Street Crime Unit (1992 and 1996), as a Detective Constable, Criminal Investigations (1997), in the Emergency Response Unit (1995-2000), as a Sergeant (2005-2007), as an Officer in Charge, Court Section (2007), as a Staff Sergeant (2007-2012), as an Inspector (2012) and as Deputy Chief of Police (2012−present). He also served as Acting Chief of Police from June to September 2014.

During his extensive years of service, Deputy Chief Shawn Devine was seconded to the RCMP’s Integrated Security Unit for the planning and execution of the G8/G20 Summits in 2009, participated in an educational exchange with Sussex Police Hastings & Rother in England in 2004, was the Security Detail Liaison during Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Liberal Caucus Meeting held in North Bay in 2003 and served on the North Bay Police Service’s Protection Unit during the Royal Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in North Bay in 1997.

Known for his significant volunteer contributions with the Gateway Heritage Festival (1989-1993), the North Bay Heritage Festival & Air Show (1994-2004), the North Bay Heritage Festival (2005−2006), and North Bay Summer in the Park (2007-2008), Deputy Chief Shawn Devine was recognized with the Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award and the Government of Canada Royal Canadian Commemorative Medal Volunteer Service in 2001. He has also served his community as a volunteer coach, sat on numerous committees and participated in numerous fundraising events.

Deputy Chief Shawn Devine graduated from Ontario Police College in 1988, holds a B.A. in Sociology from Laurentian University (1986) and continues to cheer for the St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Bears since he graduated from this North Bay secondary school.