For Immediate Release
Mayor Greg Dionne and Board Members of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners are pleased to announce that Jonathan Bergen has been selected as Prince Albert’s next Chief of Police. The Board unanimously approved this appointment.
On July 6, 2018, Bergen was appointed as the Acting Chief of Police and has been serving in that role since July. Bergen will be sworn in as the new Chief of Police at an official swearing in ceremony in December.
Bergen is a 20 year member of the Prince Albert Police Service. Throughout his career, Bergen has had opportunity to experience a vast array of responsibilities and assignments. Of note, Bergen played an instrumental part in the professionalization of the use of force structure with respect to training and oversight for the Prince Albert Police Service, as he was the lead instructor for 9 years. Bergen was also a part of the reformation of the use of force oversight committee during major changes to policy and reporting for the service.
Bergen professionalized the K-9 services division; he served from 2002 to 2009 and was established as an expert with respect to police dogs by the Queen’s Bench and Saskatchewan Provincial Courts. Bergen’s experience in police dogs established him as the services trainer and later took him to the FBI to instruct a seminar to Special Agents of the Hostage Rescue Team in 2012. The opportunity to work with the FBI was a proud and memorable career experience.
Bergen was also involved with the Police Association as Vice President and served on the National Canadian Police Canine Association Board.
Most recently, Bergen was the Inspector in charge of overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division and overseeing integrated policing units and major crime investigations. During this time, Bergen enrolled in the Canadian Police College Executive Development Leadership Course and led the strategic change project of performance management for the Prince Albert Police Service.
“The process to select a new Chief of Police has been a long and thorough one and I would like to thank the Board Members for their participation in the process,” said Mayor Greg Dionne. “We are very pleased with the appointment of Bergen as he has demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, dedication, and superior job performance needed for the position. Bergen was raised in Prince Albert. He brings to the position a strong leadership style that emphasises open communication and a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of policing. Bergen is very well respected in the community and has built positive working relationships with our surrounding partners. The Board believes that Bergen truly fits the City’s and the Prince Albert Police Services’ commitment to be service-focused, strategic and innovative.”
Bergen states, “We are fortunate to police in a community that is rich in history and culture. Our workforce is reflective of our community and we value the strength that diversity offers. Cultural programs and strong community connections are an integral part of our organization. We are a busy and exciting Police Service that values personal growth and provides opportunities to explore different sections and assignments. I know it will come with challenges, but I accepted the opportunity without hesitation because of the strength of the amazing people within the Prince Albert Police Service. I’m looking forward to working with a strong leadership team and I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the Board members, the dedicated and talented staff and our community to continue to make Prince Albert an amazing place to live, work and play.”
For media inquiries please contact:
Mayor Greg Dionne
Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners
Phone: (306) 953-4300