Saanich Police Chief receives prestigious honour

Released on behalf of the Saanich Police Board:

This morning, in Ottawa, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over an Order of Merit of the Police Forces Investiture Ceremony. Being recognized for his 36 years of service to the community is Saanich Police Chief Constable Michael Chadwick. Chief Chadwick will be admitted to the order at the rank of Officer.

During the course of his service, Chief Chadwick has served in many different sections within the department. He has been responsible for several initiatives that have improved the quality of police services to the community. In 1996 as the Patrol Inspector, he established minimum staffing requirements for patrol officers for both officer and community safety. He also introduced the Saanich Police Bike Squad to better able officers to police inaccessible areas of the community.

His strong commitment to traffic safety led to the significant increase in personnel in the Traffic Safety Unit to what it is today at fifteen officers. He oversaw the implementation of a Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Program and was responsible for bringing in a new Motorcycle Program that saw the Saanich Police being the first in Canada to operate BMW motorcycles.

Chief Chadwick has been previously recognized by the B.C. Lieutenant Governor for Meritorious Service for his part in solving the murder of Marguerite Telesford in 1988.

“You are here not by accident, but because you have stood out as willing to go beyond the call of duty, to think differently about the work that you do and to show compassion for the community,” excerpts from the speech of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Chief Chadwick has demonstrated great leadership throughout his career and is a role model for others. His dedication and commitment see him selflessly act for the benefit of policing in Canada, in B.C. and across the region, truly making a difference to the community of Saanich.

Congratulations to Chief Chadwick on this prestigious honour.

For further information contact:

Mayor Frank Leonard

Saanich Police Board Chair

250-475-5510 (office)

250-361-7441 (cell)


Chief Chadwick and His Excellency David Johnston:


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