UCCM Police Commission Announces New Chief of Police

Release Date: January 8, 2020

The UCCM Police Commission is pleased to announce that the search for a new Chief of Police has been successful. Mr. Faron Whiteye will assume the helm of the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service effective February 3, 2020. Mr. Whiteye hails from the Moravian Delaware Nation with ties to Walpole Island First Nation. He has over 23 years in First Nations policing with the Anishinabek Police Service and Walpole Island Police Service, serving 6 of those years as Detective Staff Sergeant and Professional Standards & Major Criminal Investigations Bureau Commander. Most recently he has been employed at the Ontario Police College as an Instructor with the Basic Constable Training Program in Firearms and the last two  years as Team Leader in Criminal Investigations.

Faron has been married to his wife Patricia for 23 years. Patricia holds her BSc, MEd. Their three children also are qu ite accompl ished. Their eldest son Alistair (23) serves with the US Marine Corps as Crew Chief on a Huey Helicopter.  Aiden (21) serves with the US Marines, is the Designated Marksman in the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team and their youngest, Abigail ( 19) attends University at Eckerd College on a full scholarship to play NCAA basketball.

The UCCM Police Commission is confident that Mr. Whiteye wi ll be a welcome addition to the lead the team as he possesses a diverse policing background and a sol id understanding of First Nations policing. A welcoming ceremony is being planned with our Commission, Staff, Chiefs and First Nations at a future date, once Mr. Whiteye and his wife are settled. We hope you help us welcome them to our beautiful Manitoulin Island.

The Commission would also like to take this opportunity to say Chi Miigwetch to Yves Forget who has served as interim Chief of Police for the past several months while the search for a Chief of Police was being conducted. His guidance and expertise are truly appreciated.

For more information please contact, Peter Nahwegahbo, Chair, UCCM Police Commission , at peter.nahwegahbo@uccmpolice.com.

Chief of Police, Rodney Nahwegahbow

Rodney Nahwegahbow is the Chief of Police for the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service.  He first started working with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 1989, and served at the Still River and Espanola Detachments.  During his time with the OPP, Chief Nahwegahbow assisted in the delivery of the District First Nation Liaison Program, which led to his interest in returning to his home community of Whitefish River First Nation, and his successful application for a constable position with the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service. 

An early highlight of his career was the 4 years he spent performing community service duties.  During that time he was able to provide DARE (Drug Awareness, Resistance Education) training to students in grades 4, 5, and 6.  Additionally he provided other youth programs which in turn defined his interest in promoting community wellness by delivering community based and proactive policing models. 

After working for 15 years as a Constable, Chief Nahwegahbow was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and provided frontline supervision.  Following 5 years as a Frontline Sergeant he was promoted to the rank Chief of Police Position and that is the position he has held since 2010. 

Rodney Nahwegahbow a member of the Whitefish River First Nation and has been married for 36 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  He enjoys the outdoors with activities such as camping and motorcycling.  He is the recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 20 year Police Exemplary Service medal.   He is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the First Nation Chiefs of Police Association. 

He is extremely proud of the men and women of the UCCM Anishnaabe Police and the tireless work they do every day.  After 30 years of service he sets to retire officially on October 2019 he is grateful for the support of community and leadership and the honour of being able to serve in this capacity.

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