Fredericton Police

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Fredericton Police
Logo of the Fredericton Police
Agency overview
Formed June 27, 1851
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Municipal
General nature
Operational structure
Sworn members 113[1]
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Robert Trevors, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Agency executive Leanne Fitch, Acting, Chief of Police
Official website

Fredericton Police is the police force for the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick.


Fredericton Police was created on June 27, 1851. One Police Officer was hired (unpaid) to patrol wards. Their first unofficial Chief of Police was Sgt. Paul Phillips. City Council never allowed him to utilize the name "Chief of Police." The first official Chief of Police was John Hawthorne (1905) and retained the position for only three years. In 1883, the Fredericton Police relocated its headquarters in what is now the City of Fredericton's City Hall and remained there till 1971. Again, the Fredericton Police relocated its office in 1971 to York Street which shared the building with the Fredericton Fire Department. Since 1983, the Fredericton Police Force is located on Queen street in their state-of-the-art building.

In 1973, the Fredericton Police hired its first female police officer, Shirley Jollimore.


The current Chief is Leanne Fitch, previously the Deputy Chief who was appointed to the post on June 26, 2012. She succeeded Barry MacKnight, upon his retirement.[2]


The firearms are SIG Sauer P226


Operations of Fredericton Police includes:

  • Special Teams
  • Explosives Disposal Unit
  • Marine Section
  • Police Service Dogs
  • Victim/Witness Unit
  • Auxiliary Police
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Underwater Recovery Team
  • Collision Reconstruction

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