Shawn Dulude as the new chief of police of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service. (Photo provided by Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has appointed Shawn Dulude as the new chief of police of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.

“The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission is looking forward to working with the new chief of police and establishing new and improved approaches to community policing,” said Gary Cole, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission President. “We are confident that the best candidate was selected and that Mr. Dulude will work hard to meet both the expectations of the commission and of the community.”

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Commission was vital in the hiring of Mr. Dulude as they assisted in the identification of applicants, the interview process, and the final selection.

Originally from Lachine, Québec, Mr. Dulude brings twenty-four years of policing experience to the position. He began his policing career in 1993 in the Vaudreuil-Dorion Police Service, which amalgamated into the Sûreté du Québec in 2002, where he has served in various capacities since. Mr. Dulude held progressively responsible positions throughout the province of Québec as a leader within the Sûreté du Québec, including in Valleyfield; Havre St-Pierre; La Rivière-du-Nord Regional County Municipality; and most recently as station director in Rawdon. In a number of those locations he worked closely with or oversaw the delivery of policing services to a number of First Nations communities. He also held leadership positions in the areas of investigations; traffic in the Greater Metropolitan Montreal area; and emergency measures, all within the Sûreté du Québec.

Married with two children, Mr. Dulude is a graduate of numerous police training and management courses and is currently engaged in the Bachelors in Public Security Program at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is fluently bilingual in French and English and speaks some Italian.

He currently holds the position of director of the Québec Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, raising funds and awareness for athletes with intellectual disabilities across the province.

“We welcome the arrival of Mr. Dulude and we’re confident that his experience and commitment to police work will be a benefit to the community of Akwesasne,” said Grand Chief Abram Benedict.

The new chief of police will commence his duties on September 5, 2017.

“The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is presently in its 47th year of proudly serving the community,” said Mr. Dulude. “I am extremely honoured to have been chosen as the new chief of police to help continue this long tradition of policing excellence in the community. Together – with our officers, support staff, the police commission and the community, we will strive to build upon this strong and devoted team, providing the highest quality of police services possible.”

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