Senior Administration | Cobourg Police Service

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Chief of Police Kai Liu

Chief Kai LiuBorn in Taiwan, Kai immigrated to Canada as a child.  Growing up in Toronto and Montreal he developed a keen interest for a career in policing.  In 1986 he was recruited by the Ottawa Police Force as the City’s first Asian police officer.   During his 22 year career with the Ottawa Force he has held many challenging positions and developed a strong reputation as an innovator and champion for Diversity in the workplace.  

His work in the field of addressing violence against women brought him recognition by women’s groups in Ottawa. In 2003 he became the first male recipient to be awarded the Ottawa Immigrant Women’s Services Award. On the invitation of the UN and CIDA he has lectured on domestic violence and violence against women in countries around the world.

On May 28, 2007, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, on Parliament Hill, the Asian of the Year Award was presented to then Ottawa Police Inspector Kai Liu. This award recognizes contributions made by an Asian Canadian role model who balances a successful career with community and charitable work.

In 2008 Chief Liu was recognized in Regina Saskatchewan for his community service when he was awarded the National Enriching My Canada & Yours (EMCY), Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal and in 2013 he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Between August 2008 to September 2012, Kai served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Gananoque, Ontario.

During his swearing in as Cobourg's eleventh Chief of Police on September 2012 Chief Liu said " I am humbled by the decision of the Cobourg Police Services Board to give me the opportunity to lead an excellent group of men and women of the Cobourg Police Service and grateful to be able to serve the residents of Cobourg ".

On September 9th, 2014, Chief Liu received the Order of Merit of the Police Forces from Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. He was inducted as a Member of the Order. 

2015 Marks a large milestone for Chief Liu as he celebrates his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife Heidi and the birth of their first Grandson Theodore.  Heidi and Kai have three adult children and a proud son in law.


Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf

Deputy Chief VandeGraaf


Born in Toronto Paul spent his youth living in a variety of countries finally arriving in Ottawa where he finished High School and went onto Carleton University majoring in Political Science and History. In 1991 he was hired by the Belleville Police Service as a Police Constable. During his time as a patrol officer in the Uniform Patrol Division, Deputy Chief VandeGraaf was a Coach Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Crisis Negotiator, Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, where his primary responsibility was investigating incidents of sexual assault and child abuse, Staff Sergeant, Inspector finally being promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2010.   

Deputy Chief VandeGraaf accepted the position as the Deputy Chief for the Cobourg Police Service in November 2014.  In 2015 he completed the Rotman School of Business Police Leadership Program being selected as class Valedictorian.

Throughout his career, Paul has developed a strong reputation as "change agent.”   This willingness to challenge the status quo has served him well as he is actively involved in making “tiered policing” a reality in Cobourg. This will ensure that small town Police Services continue to be effective and efficient police models for communities.

Deputy Chief Vandegraaf has always been, and remains, very active in the community. He was a proud Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Belleville His Rotary experiences were as Membership Chair, Program Chair, Junior Achievement Chair and was responsible in bringing forward Belleville’s membership retention and risk management strategies. Paul was the President of the Belleville rotary Club for the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Paul is Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Benefactor. Currently continues his commitment to the principles of Rotary as a member of the Cobourg Rotary club. Further, Paul has always been a committed member of the YMCA serving in a variety or volunteer roles. In 2016 he and his wife Cathy served as the Community Chairpersons for the Strong Kids Campaign.

His past community experiences include Board member of the Board of Counseling Service of Belleville and District, past member of the Board of Directors of Victim Services, past Vice-President, coach and convener of the Belleville Minor Hockey Association.

Based on his commitment to improving Police Services and his strong commitment to contributions to policing and community development through work and volunteerism, he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Merit For Police Services in 2016.

Paul his wife Cathy are proud parents to their two grown children Meaghan and Ian.



Gina Wilson - Director of Corporate Services, CMM II Police Professional

Gina WilsonGina Wilson has been a member of the Cobourg Police Service since 1994. Gina commenced her career with Cobourg as a Special Constable. She was the first female Special Constable hired in the Town of Cobourg. and currently holds the position of Director – Corporate Services.














Lynne Sheils - HR Finance Coordinator,CMM I Police Professional

Lynne SheilsLynne Sheils is the Finance/Human Resource Coordinator for the Cobourg Police Service. She has been a member of our service since 2004 and was formerly a member of Thunder Bay Police Service for 12 years as a police communicator.