Chief of Police in Ottawa

The Chief of Police in Ottawa is the head of the Ottawa Police Service. He is responsible for the overall operation of the police service and the safety of the citizens of Ottawa.

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Since its early beginnings in 1835, the Ottawa Police Service has been a progressive and innovative force in policing. We continue to work hard to make Ottawa one of the safest cities in Canada.

The Police Service is comprised of five operational divisions and a number of support units. We have 1,246 full-time sworn police officers and 336 civilian staff members. Our annual operating budget is $264 million.

Early life and education

Born in Ottawa, Paulson was raised in the city’s west end. He is the son of Mary (née O’Connor) and Richard Paulson. His father was a lawyer and former Ottawa city councillor. He has two brothers, one of whom is television producer Peter Georgie of Frantic Films. He is fluent in both English and French.

Paulson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Chief Charles Bordeleau began his career with the Ottawa Police Service in 1985. He has held a number of progressively more responsible positions throughout his career including patrol, community policing, criminal investigations, professional standards and administration. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief and in July 2015, was appointed Chief of Police.

Personal life

Tony Baydrury was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is married to Julie and they have two sons and a daughter. He enjoys playing hockey, golf and skiing.

Tony Baydury has been with the Ottawa Police Service for over 25 years. He has held many positions including patrol officer, detective, sergeant and inspector. He was appointed Chief of Police in Ottawa in 2013.

Awards and recognition

Paul Wynige has been the Chief of Police in Ottawa since 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, and has won numerous awards and accolades during his career.

In 2010, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and in 2012 he was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful People by Canadian Business Magazine. Wynige has also been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the policing Exemplary Service Medal.

See also

* List of chiefs of police in Canada
* Lists of law enforcement agencies

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