Born in Taiwan, and a member of the Taiwanese Indigenous People who make up 2.3% of the island’s population, Kai Liu was recruited by the Ottawa Police Force as the City’s first Asian police officer in 1986. Throughout his career, he has held many challenging positions and in 2008 became Canada’s first Chief of Police of Taiwanese descent. He would later be Chief of Police of three Ontario police services.

Kai has developed a strong reputation as an innovator and champion for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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 charitable and community work. He is a recipient of the Canadian Police Exemplary 20 years Service medal and 30 years Service bar.

Known as a strong advocate for Human Rights, 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 in 2008. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Award of Tolerance from Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a human rights organization. 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.

In 2019 he was appointed the Chief of Police for the Treaty Three Police Service, a self-administered Indigenous Police Service providing policing to 23 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario.

“Leading the Treaty Three Police Service is a full career 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. Engaging and building relationships with our Indigenous Communities within the Treaty Three Police Service mandate is an important component to building a culturally responsive Police Service.

I am truly grateful for the confidence and opportunity the Treaty Three Police Services Board has given me to lead this Police Service. My wife of 37 plus years, Heidi, and I continue to be amazed by the beauty and welcomeness of the Treaty Three communities.” Says Chief Kai Liu.

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