Chief Mike Callaghan was born right here in Belleville. As a child he lived in Amherstview and graduated from Regiopolis Notre-Dame Catholic High School. He attended the Law and Security program at Loyalist College and received the top student award. Mike started his policing career in Ottawa where he had the opportunity to work in 15 specialty sections, and to become a Civil Litigation Liaison Officer and a nationally certified Critical Incident Commander.
Chief Callaghan has made several outstanding contributions to the field of criminal justice. He launched the nation’s capital Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) team, and led the implementation of the Direct Action Response Team (DART). He was responsible for an officer Mentoring Program and implemented a Walk-About Program with City Councilors to address chronic or emerging community trends. He has been published in the American Medical Journal for his work around anthrax dispersion rates. Mike was seconded to both Indigenous Services Canada and to the Department of Foreign Affairs where he spearheaded security logistics for Canada’s G8 & G20 Conferences.
Since returning to Belleville in 2016, Mike has worked as a Civil Litigation Liaison Officer, on the collective bargaining team, the Children’s Safety Village, Children’s Foundation, Belleville Inclusivity Program, Quinte Crime Stoppers and was responsible for bringing the COPSHOP program to the City of Belleville. Last year Chief Callaghan was invested into the Officers Order of Merit (O.O.M.) by the Governor General of Canada and is proud to have contributed significantly to the concept, planning and transition into the new police building located at 459 Sidney Street.
Chief Callaghan comes from a proud policing family, including two older brothers and both of his sons. Even Mike’s wife Terry, was a municipal prosecutor for 17 years. The Callaghan’s are often referred to as TV’s real “Blue Blood Family”.