MANITOULIN – The UCCM Police Commission is pleased to announce that the search for a new chief of police has been successful. Faron Whiteye will assume the helm of the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service effective February 3.
Mr. Whiteye hails from the Moravian Delaware Nation with ties to Walpole Island First Nation. He has over 23 years in First Nations policing with the Anishinabek Police Service and Walpole Island Police Service, serving six of those years as Detective Staff Sergeant and Professional Standards and Major Criminal Investigations Bureau Commander. Most recently he has been employed at the Ontario Police College as an instructor with the basic constable training program in firearms and the last two years as team leader in criminal investigations.
Mr. Whiteye has been married to his wife Patricia for 23 years. Patricia holds her BSc, MEd. Their three children are also accomplished. Their eldest son Alistair, 23, serves with the US Marine Corps as crew chief on a Huey helicopter. Aiden, 21, serves with the US Marines and is the designated marksman in the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team and their youngest, Abigail, 19, attends University at Eckerd College on a full scholarship to play NCAA basketball.
The UCCM Police Commission is confident that Mr. Whiteye will be a welcome addition to lead the team as he possesses a diverse policing background and a solid understanding of First Nations policing. A welcoming ceremony is being planned with the commission, staff, chiefs and First Nations at a future date, once Mr. Whiteye and his wife are settled. We hope you help us welcome them to our beautiful Manitoulin Island.
The Commission also gave a chi-miigwetch to Yves Forget who has served as interim chief of police for the past several months while the search for a chief of police was being conducted. “His guidance and expertise are truly appreciated.”