Claude Chum from Moose Factory First Nation is new Chief of Police of NAPS

Press release

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Announces New Chief of Police

(Thunder Bay) The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Board is pleased to announce that Claude Chum has been appointed as Chief of Police for the largest First Nation Police Service in Canada.

Claude Chum has been in policing for over 21 years, starting his career as a Constable under the First Nations Program with the Ontario Provincial Police in Western Ontario in 1989. He brings a wealth of knowledge of police operations and experience to the position and is a strong supporter of community-oriented policing. He is looking forward to working with NAN First Nations on community policing programs as well as problem solving to address issues that affect social disorder.

At the age of 17 years, Claude Chum, a member of the Moose Cree First Nation, joined the Canadian Armed Forces and spent five years in the Navy. After leaving the armed forces, he returned to his home community where he witnessed social problems and its effects. In wanting to make a difference and help First Nation people, he entered the First Nation Constable Program offered by Northern College. Upon completion of his training he graduated and continued onto policing.

He joined the Anishinabek Police Service in 1996 as a Constable with the Sagamok Detachment. He held various positions and responsibilities including Sergeant, Detachment Commander, Detective Staff Sergeant, Director of Operations for the Central Region, and finally Deputy Chief of Police.

Claude joins the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service on December 1, 2010, and takes over as Chief on January 1, 2011.

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For further information, please contact:

Sgt. Jackie George
Media Relations- Phone 807-346-6593
Nishnawbe -Aski Police Headquarters
Thunder Bay, Ontario