Estevan's new police chief brings a variety of experience from a 22-year career in Ontario.
Mayor Roy Ludwig announced at the March 3 meeting of Estevan City Council that Paul Ladouceur has agreed to become the new chief. Ladouceur has been a detective sergeant in Brockville, Ontario, a city of about 22,000 people outside of Ottawa.
Ladouceur told Lifestyles that he has always wanted to advance his career within policing, and a chief was the next step.
“When the opportunity came up in Estevan, I saw a lot of similarities between the Estevan police and the community we're in now of Brockville, Ontario, and the Brockville police,” said Ladouceur.
Both communities are border towns, he said, and he has a lot of experience working with Canada Border Services Agency officers.
He also appreciates the size of Estevan, as he views himself as a small city person.
There aren't as many opportunities as there once were with smaller police services, either, he said.
“I'm very big into community policing, and that's one of the draws towards Estevan as well. There's also the challenge of growing with the community,” said Ladouceur. “Estevan, from all the research that I've done, is a growing community, and I think it's important to have a chief who has vision of growth.”
Ladouceur started with London's police service in 1992, and worked there for about 11 years, when he transferred to the Brockville Police Service. He has worked in almost all aspects of policing during his career – foot patrol, emergency response, drug and intelligence, forensic identification, criminal investigations and major crimes.
“I've looked after internal discipline matters and media relations, so I have a good, rounded background in all aspects of policing, and I think that will certainly help me in this role as well,” said Ladouceur.
He has been a detective sergeant for four years.
Ludwig said the City's police board held a number of interviews, and Ladouceur's went very well. There was a very good rapport with Ladouceur from the outset.
“He has a great personality, and he was quick to answer any of our questions,” said Ludwig. “He had already done research on our community. He took the time to do that.”
And while Ladouceur has a lot of experience, he's relatively young for a police chief.
“We're looking forward to him coming in with a new perspective, and working with our members,” said Ludwig. “We have a lot of younger members, so we feel it'll be a good fit in moving our police force forward.”
Ladouceur replaces Del Block, whose final day of work was February 28. Block had been Estevan's chief for five years, and he was part of the Estevan Police Service for 38 years.
Ludwig said the police board was seeking somebody with similar traits to Block – a dedicated law enforcement officer who will be involved in the community; and communicate well with council, the police board, the police officers and local residents.
Ladouceur's first day as the chief will be April 14.