Chief of Police Kai Liu
Born 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
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
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 and eventually assigned to the Community Policing Unit. During his 19 year career with the Belleville Police Service he has held many challenging positions and developed a strong reputation as "change leader.”
In 1996, Deputy Chief Vandegraaf was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Sergeant. In 1998, Paul was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where his primary responsibility was investigating incidents of sexual assault and child abuse. While in this role, the Belleville Police Service successfully embraced and furthered partnerships putting the needs of victims in the forefront of all investigations. Paul was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2003 and was responsible for the management of a platoon within the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2007, Paul was promoted to the rank of Inspector, and was the unit commander of the Operations Division. This includes Uniform Platoons, Traffic Unit, Canine Unit, Training, Community Policing, School Response, Children’s Safety Village, and the Emergency Response Team. Deputy Chief VandeGraaf received his accreditation as a Major Incident Commander, furthering his skills as a Crisis Negotiator. During this time, he was responsible for the implementation of a new community based recruiting and patrol officer development model.
Paul was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Police for the Belleville Police in January 2010. Paul served in this role until his appointment as the Deputy Chief for the Cobourg Police Service in November 2014.
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.
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.
Paul his wife Cathy are proud parents to their two grown children Meaghan and Ian.
Gina Wilson - CMM I Police Professional
Gina 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 Manager – Business Services.
Lynne Sheils - Finance/Budget Coordinator
Lynne Sheils is the Finance/Budget 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.