T3PS Chief of Police Kai Liu retires after 37 years of service

FROM: General Headquarters                                                                          DATE: August 15, 2023

T3PS Chief of Police Kai Liu retires after 37 years of service

(KENORA) – On Monday August 7th, 2023, Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) Chief of Police Kai Liu announced his plans to retire after serving 37 years in policing. Chief Liu will serve in his role until his contract expires August 31, 2023.

“Reflecting on the past 4 years, I am especially proud of our most valuable resource – every member of our service. With your collective dedication to serving our communities, together we have positioned our Police Service for continued success” says Chief Liu of his time with T3PS.

“The Treaty Three Police Services Board (T3PSB) thanks Chief Liu for his dedication during his time with the service. While in his role, our service has expanded civilian and uniform staffing levels, developed a recruitment and communications strategy, implemented cultural initiatives into our service model, revived T3PS Awards ceremony which lead to multiple T3PS members being recognized for prestigious awards across the country, collaborated with external partners to enhance mental health services for all members and their families, and positioned the service to work with Grand Council Treaty #3 to move towards being constituted under the Ontario Community Safety and Policing Act” says Christine Jourdain, President of the T3PSB. “Our police services board is in the process of determining who will be in command starting September 1 and an announcement will be forthcoming.”

On March 31 of this year, T3PS along with Anishinabek Police Service (APS) and UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service (UCCM) operated without funds due to failed negotiations for a new funding agreement under the First Nations and Inuit Policing Program (FNIPP). After a State of Emergency was declared by Grand Council Treaty #3 Chiefs in Assembly, and T3PS began operating on a line of credit to pay for staff, a federal judge ordered Public Safety Canada to begin flowing funds immediately to the three affected police services. The FNIPP funding model is still subject to a Canadian Human Rights Complaint filed by the Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario.

Now that T3PS is off the line of credit life support, and with new funds deposited, Chief Liu made the decision not to renew his employment contract and chose to retire as Chief of Police effective August 31st, 2023, when his contract expires.

“Having served over 37 years in policing, with the last 15 years as Chief of Police for three police services, the time is right to pass command of our Service to the next leader” says Chief Liu.

Treaty Three Police Service is a self-administered Policing entity under the First Nations Policing Program in Canada and is responsible for full policing duties in 23 First Nation Communities in the Treaty #3 territory.

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