Sarnia has new Chief of Police, Deputy Chief

Norm Hansen takes over as Chief, Owen Lockhart as Deputy, both when incumbents retire

Retiring Sarnia Police Chief Phil Nelson, left, congratulates his replacement, Inspector Norm Hansen.

Inspector Norm Hansen and Inspector Owen Lockhart have been appointed Sarnia’s new Chief of Police and Deputy Chief respectively, the result of a recruitment process that Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said is unique in Ontario for having included input from both the Sarnia Police Association and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

Bradley, who chairs the Police Services Board, said the appointments reflect “the value of good community and labour relations.”

Hansen will take over as Chief when the incumbent, Chief Phil Nelson retires this summer. Lockhart will assume the position of Deputy Chief when Deputy Chief Bob Farlow retires.

A graduate of the University of Windsor, Hansen began his career with the force in 1985, progressing through several ranks, including Constable, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, and Inspector. He is also a Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive.

Lockhart earned a degree in sociology from the University of Guelph. He joined the force in 1990, also serving through various ranks. He is the Inspector in charge of the Support Services Division.

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