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Our History

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service had its humble beginnings in 1856 when Francis Hughes and several other ex-soldiers were sent to the community to keep order. While most of these men returned home the following year, Hughes remained and within two years was formally appointed a magistrate and High Constable.

"Thus the quiet community on the shores of the St. Mary's River had a police force, just 20 years after the for­mation of a force in Toronto and a decade before Canada would become a nation." (Guardians of Peace: A History of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Force)

The Police Force was officially formed when the community of Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated as a municipality in 1871. Explore the pages below to learn more about the history of Sault Police.

Chiefs of Police

History of Chiefs of Police From 1871 until 1911, Chiefs of Police were appointed by the Municipal Council. In 1911, […]

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Police Crest

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Chief’s Honour Guard

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief’s Honour Guard was formed in April of 2009. It is comprised of police officers, […]

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Cst. Donald Doucet Memorial

May 14, 2006 was a dark day for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and the community as a whole. […]

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Origins of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service: The Early Years

Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated as a municipality in 1871. That is the same year a municipally led police presence […]

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On January 1, 1965 three area Police Forces, now known as Police Services, became one. In 1964 the Townships of […]

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First Female Officer

Constable Lois Beckett was sworn in as a Policewoman on September 5, 1949. The first woman officer in Sault Ste. […]

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