Born in Taiwan, and a member of the Taiwanese Indigenous People who make up 2.3% of the island’s population, Chief Liu immigrated to Canada as a child. In 1986 he was recruited by the Ottawa Police Force as the City’s first Asian police officer. Throughout his career he has held many challenging positions which includes being the Chief of Police for two Central Ontario police services. He has developed a strong reputation as an innovator and champion for Diversity in the workplace. 

In May of 2007, on Parliament Hill, Chief Liu received the Asian of the Year Award which recognizes contributions made by a Canadian role model who balances a successful career with community and charitable work.

Known as a strong advocate for Human Rights, in 2008 Chief Liu was recognized in Regina Saskatchewan for his public service when he was awarded the National Enriching My Canada & Yours (EMCY), Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a recipient of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a human rights organization, 2015 Award of Tolerance. Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette Governor General of Canada in 2018 elevated Kai as an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces to name a few of his prestigious recognitions.

Chief Liu is well regarded as an award-winning police leader who embodies the spirit of Community Based Policing with an extensive background in public service excellence. He has attained the reputation of being a Trailblazer, a Visionary, an Innovative and Creative Thinker, an Agent of Change and a Community Builder.

“This new opportunity is a full circle for me. Early in my career with the Ottawa Police Service, I worked closely with Ottawa’s Indigenous People and Communities. I found the relationships I developed during my interactions to be quite rewarding. I am looking forward to engaging and building relationships with the Indigenous Communities within the Treaty Three Police Service mandate. I am excited at the strong leadership already established by Acting Chief Jeff Skye and Acting Deputy Chief Keith Singleton and look forward to collaborating with them as we continue to lead the men and women of the Treaty Three Police Service.

I am truly grateful for the confidence and opportunity of the T3PSB have given me to lead this Police Service. My wife of 34 years, Heidi and I look forward to becoming a part of the Treaty 3 community.” Says Chief Kai Liu.

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