The executive leadership team of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is known as Senior Command. The Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, and four Inspectors are experienced officers who lead the organization daily and help set the path of the service moving forward.
Chief Hugh Stevenson, M.O.M., Ed.D
Chief Stevenson is an experienced, educated policing veteran with more than 34 years of service with the Peel Regional Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. His career began with Peel Regional Police in 1987, where he performed a variety of roles including street patrol and investigative duties.
In 1994, he joined the OPP as a constable. Chief Stevenson participated in several corporate and operational roles and eventually achieved his Queen’s Commission in the OPP as First Nations negotiator. He further served in the following significant roles:
- Deputy Director of the OPP Intelligence Bureau.
- Director Behavioral Sciences Section
- Bureau Commander Operations Policy and Support Bureau
- Director of Operations/Support OPP Central Region
- OPP Academy Director
- Special Advisor to the OPP Commissioner – Measurement
- Acting Bureau Commander Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau
- Director – Criminal Intelligence Services Ontario
In June 2018, Chief Stevenson was appointed Chief of Police for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. In addition to his role as Chief, he serves on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Board and several other subcommittees. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Order of Merit (M.O.M.) for distinguished service.
Chief Stevenson is a lifelong learner. He has attained a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology from Carleton University with a double major in Law and Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and a Doctorate of Education at the University of Toronto. In addition to his policing experience, Chief Stevenson has held several Adjunct Assistant Professor positions at universities and colleges in Canada and Internationally. A keynote speaker at international conferences on Data Mining and Intelligence, Chief Stevenson is an advocate for innovative and technological approaches to public safety.
Deputy Chief Robert MacLachlan
Deputy Chief MacLachlan is an experienced law enforcement leader with more than 40 years of service with the Peel Regional Police Service and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario. During his time with Peel Regional Police Service, he served as a Constable, Detective, Detective Sergeant and Staff Sergeant; while with the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario he served as the Team Lead for a Mobilization Strategy designed to engage member agencies in a coordinated partnership against organized crime. Throughout his policing career, he has successfully led and mentored teams focused on complex criminal investigations, crime reduction strategies, community safety and traffic operations.
Deputy Chief MacLachlan has received numerous citations and commendations, including 20 and 30 year Police Exemplary Service Medals and a 35 year Exemplary Service Ring.
Deputy Chief MacLachlan began his duties with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service on January 21, 2019.
Inspector Mike Davey
Inspector Davey has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service since 1988. During his tenure Inspector Davey has served in a number of areas of our Service, including a Patrol Constable, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, a Detective Constable and Detective Sergeant, Training Sergeant, Crime Stoppers Sergeant, Court Services Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, Inspector of Support Services, Inspector of Patrol Services and in his current role as Inspector of Emergency Management & Business Continuity.
Inspector Davey is a longtime advocate for Victim’s rights and has lobbied at both the municipal and provincial level to improve services for victims. He has sat on various boards and committees and has helped to develop strong relationships with our community partners and stakeholders. He is a recipient of our 30 year Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Inspector Brent Duguay
Inspector Duguay has served the City of Sault Ste Marie as a police officer for more than 26 years. In his career he has performed a variety of duties in both uniform patrol and criminal investigations. While a member of the criminal investigative branch he served in the Joint Forces Drug Unit, the Provincial Biker Enforcement Unit and the Provincial Proceeds of Crime Unit. As a result of these assignments Inspector Duguay has had the opportunity to participate in a number of high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigations.
In 2007, he joined the Ontario Police College in Aylmer Ontario as a seconded instructor where he taught firearms and defensive tactics. He returned to Sault Ste Marie in 2009 and eventually became the training supervisor for the service. Inspector Duguay served as a supervisor in the criminal investigation branch, the Crime Suppression Unit, the Drug Enforcement Unit and uniform patrol. He was promoted to Inspector in December 2018 and spent time in charge of Support Services and is currently the Officer in Charge of Investigation Services. He has served on a number of committees throughout his career including the Sault and Area Drug Strategy Committee and the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities Committee.
Inspector Duguay has a Bachelor degree in Social Science with a concentration in Sociology from the University of Ottawa.
Inspector William Freeman
Inspector Freeman has served the City of Sault Ste. Marie as a police officer since 1998. Throughout his career he has served in various areas of the Service including; Patrol Constable, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, Emergency Services Unit Constable and Sergeant, Staff Sergeant Professional Standards, Inspector - Patrol Services and his current role as the Inspector - Support Services.
Inspector Freeman served as the Sergeant of the ESU for five years from 2012-2017. During that time he was heavily involved in the development of joint forces tactical training and was one of the first trained negotiators in the Service.
Inspector Freeman spent many years coaching local minor hockey teams and spent time as a member of the Victim Services of Algoma Board of Directors.
He has received numerous citations and commendations, including 20 year Police Exemplary Service and has received his Service Fitness PIN every year of his career.
Inspector Ben Bolduc
Inspector Bolduc has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service since 1999. During his career he has served the community in various areas including; as a Constable on Patrol, a member of the Emergency Services Unit serving as a sniper and team leader, Sergeant of Training Services, Staff Sergeant on Patrol and the Professional Standards Bureau. He is currently the Inspector - Corporate Development and Emergency Management.
Inspector Bolduc served as a Crisis Negotiator and is a certified instructor on Use of Force, Carbine Rifle, Armoured Vehicle Operations, Warrant Service and First Aid.
Inspector Bolduc spent numerous years coaching youth football in Sault Ste. Marie and is currently a board member with Women in Crisis.
Inspector Bolduc is a graduate of Sault College where he received a diploma in Law & Security and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Lake Superior State University. He is a recipient of the 20 year Police Exemplary Service Medal.