Owen Sound has a new Police Chief. Craig Ambrose is the 16th Police Chief in the city’s history and was inducted on Friday, February 22nd at the Best Western Hotel ballroom in Owen Sound.
Family, friends and police from across southwestern Ontario attended the official induction where the Hon. Justice Julia A. Morneau presided over the swearing in of the ‘Oath of Office’.
Among the dignitaries who attended were MP Larry Miller, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Asst. Deputy Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services Stephan Beckett and Deputy Chief Waterloo Region Kevin Thaler who represented the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Ambrose, who has more than 29 years of service in a variety of policing aspects, said that policing in any area is not very different and varies mostly in the numbers and frequencies of incidents. He said that two of the main issues anywhere today are substance abuse and mental health situations. “The job of policing is similar everywhere. One thing I have seen however, is that the officers here are outstanding in the community service they provide and being able to take that little bit of extra time sets us apart from the big city. Here, the officers have the time to try to get to the root of the problem and deal with the people they are talking with.” Working in the Drug Unit in Waterloo, Ambrose said that he also had several opportunities to work with the drug unit in Owen Sound.
“Legislation is changing all the time, policing is changing all the time and the perception of policing is changing all the time and it’s important that the police adapt and move forward,” he added.
He said that there are opportunities for cost savings in moving forward but that it takes ‘political will’ when looking at any expansion of the Owen Sound police service and it would take combined training so that efforts are not duplicated.
On a personal note, Ambrose said that he is from a smaller community and his wife, Lisa, is from Owen Sound originally so that he is looking forward to the move.
Chief Ambrose received a standing ovation