written by Alex Parr
On June 25th, 2018, the newest police chief to lead the force for the Sault Ste. Marie Police was sworn in. Stevenson becomes the 23rd Police Chief for Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Doctor Hugh Stevenson was on hand at city council today, accompanied by his wife and staff of police behind him. A day that was referenced to as “an honour” by the newly crowned Chief of Police. He was handed his brand new badge by Mayor Christian Provenzano to a large applause.
A man of many accolades, Stevenson has an extensive background. He has graduated from Carleton University and Toronto University with degrees in law, criminology, psychology, and teaching. He teaches at the University of Guelph, Georgian College and Lakehead University. Stevenson has worked at 7 different levels with the OPP over a span of 17 years, starting back in August of 2001 with the official title of “Deputy Director – Intelligence Section” as apart of the OPP Intelligence Bureau. He was most recently the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Services Ontario.
When the Mayor asked Mr. Stevenson “Why Sault Ste. Marie?”, Stevenson replied with “You know, after 31 years in the policing practice, studying it, I am now finally ready to take that knowledge and understanding into a community we can make a difference in.” followed with “It is important to be able to walk down the street feeling safe, as much as you are safe”.
Mr. Stevenson begins his duties immediately and SaultOnline would like to proudly welcome him into our community.