There was a lengthy process with highly qualified candidates participating. At the end of this process, it was clear that Inspector Paul Vandegraaf's experience, qualifications and his commitment to the police service and community will be definite assets in fulfilling the duties of the Deputy Chief of Police position.
Inspector Vandegraaf joined the Belleville Police Service in 1991 as a Police Constable after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University. During his time as a patrol officer in the Uniform Patrol Division, Inspector Vandegraaf was a Coach Officer, Bike Patrol Officer and eventually reassigned to the Community Policing Unit. He was one of the founding Constables in the Belleville Community Policing Program.
In 1996, Inspector Vandegraaf was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Sergeant. Shortly thereafter, he was reassigned within the Uniform Division as the Administration Sergeant.
In 1998, Inspector Vandegraaf was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where his primary responsibility was investigating incidents of sexual assault and child abuse. Inspector Vandegraaf was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2003 and was responsible for the management of a platoon within the Uniform Patrol Division.
In 2007, Inspector Vandegraaf was promoted to the rank of Inspector, and is currently the unit commander of the Operations Division. This includes Uniform Platoons, Traffic Unit, Canine Unit, Training, Community Policing, School Response, Children's Safety Village, and the Emergency Response Team.
Inspector Vandegraaf has received his accreditation as a Major Incident Commander, and Crisis Negotiator.
Inspector Vandegraaf has remained very active in the area of police learning. He is a part-time instructor at Loyalist College in the Police Foundations Program. After receiving accreditation in the subject of ?Problem Based learning' he was instrumental in bringing new processes to the recruit training program within the Belleville Police Service.
Inspector Vandegraaf has always been, and remains, very active in the community. He is a proud Rotarian and presently a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors of Victim Services, member of the Board of Counseling Service of Belleville and District and is an active member of the Belleville Minor Hockey Association as a coach, convener, and member of the Board of Directors.
In the past Inspector Vandegraaf has been involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Quinte Destinations for Youth, and Crime Stoppers.
Inspector Vandegraaf and his wife Cathy have made Belleville their home for the past 19 years and are proud parents to their two children Meaghan and Ian. Inspector VandeGraaf and his family look forward to remaining active in our community for many years to come.