Brown recommended as Fredericton’s new Police Chief

Roger L. Brown, former Commanding Officer and Assistant Commissioner with RCMP “J” Division in Fredericton, has been recommended as Fredericton’s new Police Chief. 

The recommendation, which follows an extensive cross-Canada search process, was made to City Council and endorsed at their Council-in-Committee meeting on April 15, 2019.  His three-year (renewable) appointment will take effect June 11, 2019.  He will replace current Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch, who will retire on June 10, 2019 after a distinguished policing career spanning more than three decades.

“I am confident that Mr. Brown is bringing the right combination of skills and experience to lead the talented women and men who work at the Fredericton Police Force,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “On behalf of my colleagues on Fredericton City Council, I extend a warm welcome to Mr. Brown. We look forward to working with and getting to know him better after he assumes his new leadership role with us.”

“I am looking forward to working alongside the employees of the Fredericton Police Force, the rest of the team at the City of Fredericton, and the citizens in our community,” said Brown.  “I feel very fortunate to have been afforded this unique leadership opportunity.”

Brown has 36 years of policing experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), starting out as a constable in Rivière-du-Loup, QC and rising through the ranks to assume the top post at RCMP “J” Division. He retired from that position in 2016.

His career has taken him across Canada.  He has served in a variety of positions, progressing through a number of senior level positions in the areas of human resources, protective policing, training, and operations.  Most recently, he has been speaking across the country about the mental health issues facing first responders and the shift in leadership required to address the matter.

During his time as Commanding Officer at “J” Division, he had lead of the division during the murder of three Mounties in Moncton, shale gas demonstrations, and high profile mental health issues.  He implemented a province-wide mental health strategy and also developed and implemented a sustainable core services model aligned with current fiscal restraints.  He is fluently bilingual.

His education includes general and advanced police studies at the Canadian Police College, Ottawa, ON; a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS; course work at the University of Waterloo, ON and the University of Regina, SK; as well as a Human Resources Certificate from the University of Toronto’s Rothman School of Business, Toronto, ON. 

Among his many achievements, Brown was selected by the Canadian Association of Mental Health (CAMH) in 2017 as one of 150 leading Canadians in mental health.  He was the 2012 recipient of the Michelle C. Comeau Leadership Award, recognizing Federal government executives who always go the extra mile in driving successful human resource strategies.  In 2012, he was also the recipient of the Officer of the Order of Merit for Police.