Robert A. Davis has been officially sworn in as Brantford’s 15th police chief. The Change of Command ceremony took place at the newly opened Townplace Suites by Marriott on Fen Ridge Court where Davis signed the oath among a crowd of city officials, dignitaries, co-workers, friends and family.
Davis, who began his policing career in 1990 as an auxiliary constable with the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police, has now come back to his roots. He replaces former chief, Geoff Nelson, who retired on July 27th, after 30 years of policing.
During a speech in the ceremony, Nelson took the opportunity to thank the policing staff for how hard they work to protect our community in times of change and challenges.
Davis thanked Nelson for starting change, and vows to continue to evolve the service and keep the community a safe and healthy place community where people want to live and invest.
“Brantford is booming. It’s a place they want to move to, they want to live, they want to raise a family, they want to invest. A key part of that is providing a safe city. The men and women in the service are amazing. They’re up to the challenge. They’re responding to it every day. Now we have to figure out how we can be more nimble. How we can be more efficient. How do we balance enforcement with route causes, whether that be mental health or addiction. I’m really looking forward to it. To working with the service and with the city.Robert Davis, Brantford Chief of Police
Davis adds, during his leadership, he plans to leverage technology and find further efficiencies within the the police service.
“We’re going through a challenging time right now with the gun, gang and drug violence…with this budget, we can make the task force to tackle guns and gangs permanent. We can also explore new types of deployment and new ideas so we can ensure the community is safe.”Robert Davis, Brantford Chief of Police
The policing budget for 2020 is set at $35.9 million and in addition to supporting the new task force, aslo includes the hiring of 17 new police officers.
During the ceremony, Jason Saunders was officially sworn in as the deputy chief of police as well. Saunders succeeds Rob Dinner, who retired August 31st after a 29 year policing career.