New Deputy Police Chief Named


The Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert MacLachlan as the new deputy chief of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service (SSMPS).

Deputy Chief MacLachlan is an experienced law enforcement leader with 43 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.

“Sault Ste. Marie is a fantastic city and I am excited to get started in my new role as Deputy Chief and to work with Chief Stevenson to advance personal and public safety in the community,” said Deputy Chief MacLachlan.

Deputy Chief MacLachlan will replace outgoing Deputy Chief Sean Sparling. The SSMPS Board wishes to thank Deputy Chief Sparling for his 27 years of service and the many contributions he made to the SSMPS.

“Deputy Chief MacLachlan is a great addition to our police service. He brings years of valuable policing and leadership experience,” said Chief Hugh Stevenson. “I am eager to work with Deputy Chief MacLachlan to serve our residents. We have a great police service and with Deputy Chief MacLachlan’s help I want to develop our community’s next generation of policing leaders.”

“I want to welcome Deputy Chief MacLachlan to the SSMPS. In my capacity as the Chair of the SSMPS Board and as the Mayor, I look forward to working with him. Deputy Chief MacLachlan is an experienced policing leader and our service will benefit from his presence,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano.

Deputy Chief MacLachlan will assume his duties on Monday, January 21.



  1. Yes, Spina would have made a good deputy chief and it would have got him off the streets… Heck, he’s always on TV every time you turn around anyway…LOLOL…:).

    • Good question however likely no applicants and how many really good strong cops are there anyways. By strong I do not mean the weight lifting mentality though I do realize there are times of legitimate self-defence as a last resort not with some excuse.

    • Are you kidding? Hiring from within over the years has gotten us into the problem we’re in now!
      We need fresh ideas, a modern approach to policing and an end to chronyism.
      This SSM xenophobia and elitism is ridiculous.

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