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Port Hope police chief Bryant Wooden broadcasts plan to depart submit in 2023 – Peterborough


Port Hope Police Service Chief Bryant Wooden has given discover of his intention to retire from policing within the first half of 2023, the municipality introduced Monday.

Wooden has served 30 years as a police officer, 29 of them within the Municipality of Port Hope. Starting with the OPP in 1993, he joined the Port Hope Police Service a 12 months later and moved up the ranks. In 2014 he was promoted from deputy chief to chief following the retirement of then-police chief Kevin McAlpine. He was sworn into the position in April 2015.

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Wooden says he has been “extraordinarily privileged” to have served Ontario residents throughout the previous three many years.

“For over eight years I’ve been very proud to have led the members of the Port Hope Police Service who’re a hardworking {and professional} group,” he mentioned. “I stay up for spending extra time with my household and pursuing different pursuits and alternatives within the years to come back.”

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Wooden earned a protracted record of accolades and awards throughout his profession. In 2021 he acquired the Order of Benefit of the Police Forces from the Governor Normal (which was initially scheduled to be awarded in 2020 however was delayed as a result of pandemic). The order is taken into account the very best ornament for policing in Canada.

Wooden additionally acquired plenty of awards recognizing his efforts to rescue people from burning houses in Port Hope on two events: he rescued a lady in 2007 and an eight-year-old boy in 2010.

Awards for the acts included the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery (2008), the very best ornament for bravery in Ontario by the Lieutenant Governor. He additionally acquired the Star of Braveness (2010), the second highest bravery ornament in Canada by the Governor Normal and later that 12 months the Medal of Bravery, the third highest bravery ornament in Canada from the Governor Normal.


On Oct. 22, 2010, then Governor Normal David Johnston offered Port Hope Police Service Sgt. Bryant Wooden with the Medal of Bravery throughout a ceremony at Rideau Corridor in Ottawa. Wooden was additionally offered with the Star of Braveness on the similar ceremony. The awards had been offered for 2 separate incidents the place Wooden save individuals from burning houses.


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In 2013 Wooden was acknowledged with the Police Exemplary Service Medal, awarded by the Governor Normal, and acquired a Lengthy Service Medal by the municipal police service in 2017.

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Mayor Bob Sanderson say Wooden has offered “exemplary service” to the city space of Port Hope.

“(He) cultivated sturdy and lasting partnerships inside our neighborhood,” mentioned Sanderson. “He has been devoted each professionally and personally, serving on varied boards and committees, and volunteering his time for varied organizations and actions. We thank the chief for his lengthy service to our neighborhood and stay up for celebrating his retirement in 2023.”

The Port Hope Police Providers Board says the seek for the subsequent police chief might be carried out by means of an exterior search agency. Particulars on the method are forthcoming, mentioned chairperson Jeff Gilmer.

“We’re grateful to Chief Wooden for his devoted service to the Port Hope Neighborhood for almost three many years,” mentioned Gilmer. “His dedication to community-based policing and crime discount has benefitted our neighborhood drastically. He leaves the Port Hope Police Service in good stead, and I want him the most effective in his much-deserved retirement.”

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