Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the appointment and promotion of Paul Forcier, a thirty-year veteran of the Niagara Parks Police Service (NPPS), as its newest Chief of Police.
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Paul Forcier’s interest and commitment to a career in policing began in 1988, following his completion of the Niagara College Law and Security Program and his hiring as a full-time officer with the NPPS, at just 21 years of age. By 1995, Forcier would be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then Staff Sergeant in 2000.
Prior to be being named Chief, Paul was appointed Inspector with the NPPS in 2002. In his capacity as Inspector, the number two position within the organization, Paul was responsible for the coordinated multi-agency public safety plans developed for major destination and Niagara Parks events, including the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Wallenda high-wire walk, the Red Bull Crashed Ice event and Live with Kelly and Ryan, held at Oakes Garden theatre.
Respected for his knowledge and commitment throughout the policing community, Paul holds a Police Administration Certificate from McMaster University. He also completed the Senior Police Administration Course at the Canadian Police College and attended the 220th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Paul is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates.
During his time with the NPPS, Paul has also undertaken special placements (secondments) with other Police and/or government organizations. In 1995, he served for a six-month period with the Niagara Regional Police Service #2 District Detective Office and in 1998/99 undertook a six-month placement with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General, as a Police Services Advisor.
Married to Sue and with two boys, Lucas and Marcus, Paul becomes the 15th Chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service.
Established in 1887, and fully funded by Niagara Parks, the NPPS has over 130 years of experience in serving the special needs of the tourism community. Today, the NPPS is comprised of 23 full-time, seven civilian and 36 seasonal officers. The NPPS is responsible for patrolling over 1300 hectares of parkland along the 56-kilometre Niagara Parkway, between the towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie, Ontario. With its headquarters centrally located in Queen Victoria Park, within sight and sound of the thunderous American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the NPPS serves and protects the millions of visitors who come to Niagara Parks each year.