Charles Bordeleau

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Charles Bordeleau
Born Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater Royal Roads University
University of Ottawa
Relatives Lynda (wife), Marie (daughter)[1]

2011 - Dean’s Philos Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management

Appointment March 5, 2012
Predecessor Vernon White[2]
Appointment Deputy Chief of Police, August 2010
Predecessor ?
Police career
Current status Chief of Police
Department Ottawa Police Service
Years of service 1984-present
Rank Chief of Police (March 5, 2012)
Deputy Chief of Police[3]

Charles Bordeleau is the current Chief of Police of the Ottawa Police Service. He was sworn in March 5, 2012.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Bordeleau began his policing career in 1984, serving on numerous community organizations, including the Community Police Action Committee. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Emergency Management Committee as well as the International Committee, he is also the Director for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Zone 2 and he co-chairs the “Operation INTERSECT” Steering Committee.

Bordeleau received the Dean’s Philos Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He received his master's degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa.[4]


  • A civilian background investigator resigned in protest over Chief Bordeleau's controversial decision to hire a recruit of Somalian ancestry who had not passed the background check. Troublesome issues had been found in this applicant's background, including 16 traffic convictions, 4 licence suspensions and an alleged effort to obtain a new Drivers Licence while suspended.[5]
  • Chief Bordeleau's office placed a phone call to Traffic Court enquiring who was prosecuting the matter involving his father in law, Lester Thompson ( himself a former Chief of Police of the City of Gloucester). The charge against his father in law was later withdrawn by the Prosecution and an investigation looking into wrongdoing later cleared Chief Bordeleau.[6][7]
  • Chief Bordeleau declined to investigate misconduct allegations against a fellow Senior officer in charge of internal affairs and who was allegedly a personal friend of the Chief.[8]
  • The Police Association President claimed that Chief Bordeleau has lost the confidence of his members.[9]
  • The Police Association launched a formal complaint alleging Chief Bordeleau mislead the Police Services Board regarding the use of private security presently being used in courthouses and that the privatization of the Ottawa Courthouse security was supported by the Attorney General. The Police Association claims that the Attorney General never gave such an endorsement.[10]
  • An unnamed Ottawa Police Service lawyer and at least two unnamed senior officers are investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police for evidence tampering and obstruction of justice in relation to criminal charges laid against their own members in a training accident.[11]