Hamilton police needs to 'place communities at its core,' says new chief Frank Bergen

Frank Bergen, a longtime Hamilton resident who spent 35 years with the Toronto Police Service, is the city's new chief of police.
Frank Bergen gets the chief's badge from Mayor Fred Eisenberger. (City of Hamilton/YouTube)

Hamilton's police service needs to be innovative and make sure it's justifying every dollar that's spent on it.

That was the message on Friday from Frank Bergen who, in a short ceremony, became the city's new chief of police.

Bergen, who's been Hamilton's deputy chief since 2018, acknowledged that there's "increased budget scrutiny" on the Hamilton Police Service (HPS), and it needs to "embrace partnerships" to be more community focused. 

"We can create a model that will place communities at its core," said Bergen during a scaled-down ceremony attended by his wife and Mayor Fred Eisenberger. Eisenberger also chairs the police services board.

"Building trust is not an event, but it's a process."

Bergen also said the service's members "are our greatest asset."

Bergen takes the helm after former chief Eric Girt retired in February. He also spent 35 years with the Toronto Police Service, where he worked in community mobilization, court services and strategy management. 

Eisenberger said Bergen will "inspire trust and confidence in our service and our community."

"It's an exciting day for our services and concludes a long search for the right candidate who will fulfill our mission to serve, protect and in partnership with our communities," he said.

Bergen is HPS's 36th chief. 

More to come.

Frank Bergen became deputy chief in 2018. Before that, he was a staff superintendent in Toronto. (Laura Clementson/CBC)
Bergen appeals for help from the public after an early 2020 shooting. (Andrew Collins/CBC)


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