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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

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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.