A new police chief is now in charge in Sault Ste. Marie. Bob Keetch — who had been with the Sudbury Police Service for 28 years — was officially sworn in to his new role on Monday.

While in Sudbury, Keetch took on a number of roles, including forensics, inspector and community policing.

He said he’s nervous about his new role, but excited for new opportunities.


Bob Keetch, who spent 28 years with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, is now the chief of police in Sault Ste. Marie. (CBC)

“I’m not going to the Sault to replicate everything I’ve done in Sudbury, because it’s a different organization [and] it’s a different community with different challenges,” Keetch said.

“So from my perspective, the first six months will be me learning the dynamics of the organization, strengths and weaknesses and the dynamics of the community.”

Although he’s looking forward to his new role, he said it’s difficult to leave Sudbury.

“I’ve got tremendous relationships with individuals within this organization and within the community,” he said.

“So in a sense, they became part of my family over the past 28 years. But I mean, I’ve got a new opportunity to go and establish new relationships within a tremendous police organization within a new community.”

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service chair Ian MacKenzie said he’s proud Keetch was chosen to lead the Sault Police Service.

“He is inheriting a modern and progressive police service of almost 200 members, which was capably lead by Chief [Robert] Davies for more than 17 years,” he said.

“I look forward to working with [Keetch], as it is apparent that he is a strong supporter of police, community, and knows the importance of respectful relationships and the power of what can be accomplished by working collaboratively together.”