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Officer Charged with Multiple Code of Conduct Violations Under the Police Services Act of Ontario
Media Release After a lengthy investigation, conducted by an independent external law firm, and reviewed by the Durham Regional Police ...Full Story
Friday, July 20
Man Arrested for Breach of Recognizance
Media Release The Cobourg Police have arrested a man for Breach of Recognizance after responding to a report of an unwanted person at a local ...Full Story
Wednesday, July 18
Male Arrested for Mischief to Police Vehicle
Media Release On the 17th of July 2018 at approximately 6:45am, an officer of the Cobourg Police Service observed a male in the police vehicle ...Full Story
Tuesday, July 17


Cobourg was once a "Police Village" and the heritage of policing, being the number one priority for the citizens, of Ontario's Feel Good Town hasn't changed since.

The original Board of Police was instituted in 1834 and this Board was incorporated as the Town of Cobourg in 1837. Law enforcement in the early years was entrusted to a High Constable, appointed by the district magistrates, who could recruit deputies as a particular need arose. By 1898, the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief, Mr. John C. Ruse, made his office in the west wing of Victoria Hall.

The current Cobourg Police Service building was originally known as "The Armouries" building. It was purchased by the Town of Cobourg and turned into the town police station in 1971.

 
Chief Tenure
Edwin Cooney 1860 - 1872
William Rankin 1872 - 1898
John C Ruse 1898 - 1936
William J Carey 1936 - 1950
Harold Pearce 1950 - 1970
Eugene Butler 1970 - 1982
Daniel K McDougal 1982 - 1996
John Kay 1996 - 2002
Kyle Foster (Acting) 2002 - 2003
Garry W Clement 2003 - 2007
Paul Sweet 2007 - 2012
Kai Liu 2012 - Present