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Deputy Chief Bill Fordy

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W.C. (Bill) Fordy, M.O.M.

Deputy Chief of Support Services

 

On June 27, 2017, Bill Fordy was appointed Deputy Chief of Police of the Niagara Regional Police Service.

Deputy Chief Bill Fordy is a 28-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and served as the RCMP Assistant Commissioner overseeing all operational and administrative matters of policing in the Lower Mainland District (LMD) of British Columbia and five Integrated Units - the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team (IHIT), LMD Emergency Response Team, Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, LMD Integrated Forensic Identification Service and the Police Dog Service. The LMD and Integrated Units covers 13 detachments in 28 communities, with 3,522 employees serving over 1.8 million people and over 40 indigenous communities with a combined budget of approximately $414 million.  During his policing career, he has held a variety of senior management positions including Chief Superintendent; the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Surrey, British Columbia RCMP detachment; Superintendent in-charge of Investigative Services; and Inspector of the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team.

Among his many accomplishments, Deputy Chief Fordy has been a leader and expert on interviewing techniques and major case management.  While involved in a series of murder investigations early in his career, he saw challenges in law enforcement's ability to secure confessions from suspects.  Taking the initiative, he met with experts to develop solutions, creating the concept of a regional interview team in 1999, helping establish such teams and to create standardized training across Canada. As a result of his work in the field of police interviewing, hundreds of high profile investigations have been successfully resolved and important case law has been created.

While serving as OIC for Surrey RCMP, Deputy Chief Fordy played a key leadership role in the creation of Sophie's Place Child Advocacy Centre, a specialized child-friendly centre to coordinate child abuse investigations and develop integrated supports for child victims of physical and sexual abuse.  He also led and supported the integration of the Ministry of Justice's Community-Based Victims Services into the Surrey RCMP Domestic Violence Unit and Police-Based Victim Services.  This innovation and integration of services has helped in the prevention, education and intervention around violence against women.

In 2014, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the RCMP E Division Commanding Officers Commendation.  The latter was for his outstanding service in the investigation and disappearances of a large number of women from the Metro Vancouver area.  As the main interviewer of the suspect, Deputy Chief Fordy helped develop strategies to gather evidence that eventually led to the conviction of Robert Pickton for the murders. 

While serving as a member of the RCMP, Deputy Chief Fordy has completed a number of university level courses as part of the MBA Program at Simon Fraser University and has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Justice Institute in recognition of his community service and contributions to justice and public safety in Canada.

He serves as a member, and a former Director, of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has served as a Police Services Board Member for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (Transit Police), and was a member of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Board of Directors for the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia.

Deputy Chief Fordy is physically active and demonstrates leadership in all aspects of life. He is active in the community, and served for over a decade as a volunteer coach and executive member of the local Minor Hockey Association. He played junior and professional hockey prior to becoming a police officer and he is a three time Ironman tri-athlete and participated in the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017.