Inspector Julie Craddock has been named the city’s new Deputy Chief designate, the Sarnia Police Service Board announced Wednesday.
Currently the commander of regional community mobilization and engagement with the Halton Regional Police Service, Craddock was selected following an extensive search process, a news release noted, pointing to her “strong dedication to community safety and well-being.
“She has demonstrated success leading multifaceted organizational redesign, building strong teams through an inclusive leadership style, and creating supportive and respectful work environments through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.”
Craddock is a member of Beausoleil First Nation, and two of her four children are police officers with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Canada’s largest Indigenous police service. Her husband is member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
“I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the Sarnia Police Services Board for this incredible opportunity,” Craddock said. “The City of Sarnia is a well-connected community offering an amazing quality of life.
“I look forward to joining the Sarnia Police Service and its dedicated members who are committed to the safety and well-being of Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the people of Sarnia.”
Craddock began her policing career in 1994 as a member of the Ontario Provincial Police, posted to northern Ontario, before transferring to the Halton Regional Police Service in 1995, where she held a number of roles including criminal investigations, traffic, recruiting, community mobilization and frontline operations at rank levels spanning from Constable to Inspector.
“As the manager of the strategic management office, Julie has been involved in a number of significant change initiatives, including the implementation and deployment of in-car cameras systems and automated licence plate technology (ALPR),” the Sarnia Police news release noted.
Craddock recently completed the Canadian Association of Chief’s of Police Executive Global Studies Program and is currently completing a BA in Equity, Diversity and Human Rights.
She is active on a number of policing committees at the local, provincial, and national level, including the OACP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the CACP Policing with Indigenous Peoples Committee and is the Chair of the IAWP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
She is actively involved with the local Urban Indigenous Community in Halton.
“We are very pleased to welcome Julie Craddock to the Sarnia Police Service and to the City of Sarnia” said board vice-chair, Paul Wiersma.
“Julie is a transformational leader who will support the Sarnia Police Service’s commitment to continuous improvement in meeting the ever-changing needs of our community.”