Former Sault Police Chief Barry King remains upbeat despite serious health issues


Former Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief Barry King, is fighting serious health issues according to a post on his Facebook.

King was appointed Chief of Sault Police Services in 1987 and retired in 1995.

It states, “Barry has undergone extensive testing and been seeing specialists. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, along with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which is complicated by his exposure to chlorine gas.

While he remains upbeat and optimistic, he is certainly dealing with some significant health problems.

At this time, Barry is reluctantly resigning from his position as 1st Vice-President of the Peel Regional Police Retirees Association (PRPRA). I know you join me in thanking Barry for all his work and efforts on behalf of the Association over the last couple of years.

Best wishes, Barry. We hope that you see some improvement in your situation so we can see you out at our PRPRA meetings.”

In 46 years of policing, he has an impressive resume consisting of a number of awards, medals, and distinctions, including the Officer of the Order of Merit from the Governor General of Canada, as well as some interesting cases.

He investigated Canada’s first aircraft hijacking in 1972, and acted as responder to a Mississauga train derailment in 1979 which released chlorine gas and caused the evacuation of 200,000 residents.

Hitting a little closer to home, King was also involved in the Sault’s only cold case homicide up to that point, concluding a 47-year-old investigation into the brutal murder of a local girl.

King was someone who made monumental contributions to our Sault Ste. Marie community.

He was appointed Chief of Sault Police Services in 1987, during which time he chaired the Sault College Police Foundations Committee, helping to shape young minds to pursue a career in policing.

Aside from policing, he was involved in local community groups and causes, including the Salvation Army as well as the Lung Association.

In 1995, he left the Sault to become Chief of Police in Brockville. He retired as Chief in 2007, but has continually served on a number of different boards, including Parachute Canada, the PRPRA, and the OPP Veterans’ Association.

His passion has extended into being involved with a number of different organizations over the years, all devoted to bettering the communities that he lived in by fighting substance abuse, building safe communities for children and families, and preventing child abuse.

Here is a quick list of Kings select accomplishments during his remarkable career:

  • Former Retired Ontario Provincial Lead – Parachute’s Designated Safe Communities Canada at Parachute Canada
  • Former Chief of Police (Retired 2007) at Brockville Police Service
  • Former Chief of Police (Retired 1995) at Sault Ste Marie Police
  • Former Superintendent at Peel Regional Police
  • Former Provincial Constable at Ontario Provincial Police
  • Former Lance Corporal at Military Police- Canadian Forces
  • Studied at FBI National Academy
  • Studied Organizational leadership at University of Virginia
  • Studied FBI National Academy Graduate 128th session at FBI National Academy
  • Studied Alumnus of Distinction – 1996 at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology

We at SaultOnline would like to thank our former Chief of Police for his time served to Sault Ste. Marie, and to show him and his family support in a time of need.

We invite the community to share their comments and well-wishes to the former Chief.



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