Deputy Police Chief Robert MacLachlan was officially sworn in by the Mayor on Tuesday morning at City Hall.
MacLachlan, who is an experienced law enforcement leader with 43 years of service with the Peel Regional Police Service and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, said in a scrum that he chose to continue his long career rather than stay in retirement because of his passion for policing. He said he realized he still has a lot to offer in terms of policing and community safety.
“I’ve been coming to Sault Ste. Marie for many, many years and (have) family here,” he said. “(So) I’m quite excited to work with the Chief of Police and continue to help him with making the city safer and making our police service the most effective one that it can be.”
After retiring from Peele after 39 years of service, MacLachlan took some time to work on his house before coming back to work for CISO. He said he decided to throw his hat in the ring for Deputy Chief because he felt his experience with Peele Regional Police and CISO made him someone who had a lot to offer.
“The information and the experience that I have doesn’t do any good kicking around in my own head,” he said. “I want to sort of mentor the officers here and assist them with the job that they have to do and I think I can do that.”
MacLachlan said he thinks his positive personality and ability to mentor and support people will set him apart, as well as his plethora of previous experience.
“A positive person, when they see situations that may not have gone as good as they might, can take out of that and learn lessons from that as much as you can from things that have gone right.”