Chief Bates

August 24, 2015

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is pleased to have assisted the Saint John Board of Police Commissioners with the appointment of Chief John Bates, the new Chief of Police for the Saint John Police Force.

Chief Bates brings a wealth of municipal policing leadership experience to the Force.  He began his policing career with the Brantford Police Service in 1985 where he served for 21 years prior to being appointed as Stratford's Deputy Chief in 2006 and ultimately as Chief of Police in 2012. Throughout his policing career, Chief Bates has had a range of experiences including uniform patrol, traffic enforcement, collision investigation and reconstruction, criminal investigation and tactical response. 

“We are delighted to have attracted a leader with Chief Bates’ depth of experience as a well-respected municipal policing leader and his strong commitment to community” says Board Chair Nicole Paquet.  

Chief Bates has a long track record of involvement with community organizations, Boards and professional associations including his roles as a past member of the Board of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Board of St. Johns Ambulance – Stratford Branch, the Board of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society and the Stratford Rotary Club. He also served as the 2014-2015 campaign co-chair for the Perth-Huron United Way.

Chief Bates holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph as well as Management Studies and Police Administration Diplomas from McMaster University. He is an Honours graduate of the Police Foundations Leadership program at Humber College where he was recently named as an Alumnus of Distinction. Chief Bates is also a graduate of the 217th session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

In 2005, Chief Bates was awarded the Police Exemplary Service medal and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.  In 2014, Canada’s Governor General David Johnston appointed Chief Bates as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. 

“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead the Saint John Police Force,” says Chief Bates.  “The organization has a storied history and it is going to be a privilege to be part of its future.  My wife, Sandy, and I are very much looking forward to joining the Saint John community.”

Please join us in welcoming Chief John Bates to the Saint John Police Force.