Kingston Police announce Scott Fraser as new Chief of Police

Current Acting Kingston Police Chief Scott Fraser will assume the position of Chief of Police for 2024. Photo via Kingston Police.

The Kingston Police Services Board has announced the appointment of Acting Chief Scott Fraser as the new Chief of Police with the Kingston Police, effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.

Scott Fraser has been serving as Acting Chief of Police for the past year following Chief Antje McNeely’s announcement of her retirement. Before his appointment as Acting Chief, Fraser served as Kingston’s Deputy Chief of Police since October 2021. He began his policing career in 1991 in Vancouver before joining the Brockville Police in 1998, where he moved up the ranks to become Chief of Police.

“After a thorough recruitment process that attracted candidates from across Canada, we are confident that Scott Fraser is the right leader to continue with the priorities and objectives set out in our Strategic Plan to meet the changing needs, values and expectations of the community,” said Board Chair, Jarrod Stearns.

“Given his past years as Deputy Chief and Acting Chief, and his extensive police experience spanning over three decades, including serving as Chief of Police of the Brockville Police Service, Chief Fraser has displayed a comprehensive understanding of the integral role that municipal police play in ensuring the safety and well-being of their communities.”

According to Kingston Police, Fraser, 53, hails from Carleton Place. He holds a diploma in Police Foundations from Sir Sandford Fleming College, as well as a certificate in Police Administration from Dalhousie University, and a certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

“In June 2006, Fraser attended the 226th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, the only Canadian among 250 attendees for the 10-week course,” Kingston Police shared in a media release dated Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023.

“He has lectured at the Canadian Police College and served as syndicate leader within the Canadian Police College Drug Investigative Techniques Program numerous times.”

Further, the new Chief of Police has been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal – a medal issued under the Canadian Honours System to recognize loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement – as well as the Colin T. Millar Award for “sustained commitment to leadership innovation and community service in Canada” and the Chief Edward F. Moore Award for Integrity, Ethics, and Professionalism in Law Enforcement from the New York/Eastern Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.

In the release, the Police Services Board said it looks forward to continuing work with Chief Fraser.

“I want to thank the Kingston Police Services Board for the opportunity to lead the members of the Kingston Police,” Fraser stated. 

“We are fortunate to have some of the best police officers and support staff in the Province and together we will execute the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan. It truly takes a team to deliver our mission of working in partnership with the community to support and protect the safety of all Kingstonians. I am proud to be part of this team and honoured to be appointed as Kingston’s next Chief of Police!”

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