Sarnia’s top cop announces retirement

Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen. March 2020. (Photo by Sarnia Police Service)

After holding the top job for the last four years, Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen will be retiring this spring.

Hansen was named chief of the Sarnia Police Service in June 2018, following the retirement of Phil Nelson.

Chief Hansen joined the service in 1985 and made his way through the ranks from constable to inspector before taking on the role.  He also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Windsor.

He said May 21 will be the completion of 37 years of service and he plans to retire effective June 1, 2022.

“When I took the job of chief I had some things I wanted to accomplish and with the senior team here we pretty much have,” said Hansen. “We’ve increased our use of technology, we’ve increased our complement by the end of this contract by eight officers. There’s always work to do and, at some point in time, you have to realize that maybe somebody else can do it.”

He said he has no immediate plans for his retirement.

“June is a nice time to be off work for the summer,” he said. “So, no immediate plans but I’m sure I’ll find something to keep me busy. I still volunteer with several organizations, which I plan to continue when I retire.”

A news release from the Sarnia Police Services Board Wednesday, stated that Police Chief Norm Hansen has always prioritized his family, wife and two sons, but has been dedicated to serving the community and the Sarnia Police Service.

“My sons are obviously out of the house now and I don’t have any kids at home, and they’re supportive of whatever I want to do and my wife has always been supportive throughout my career, I probably wouldn’t have made it this far.”

Owen Lockhart joined Hansen at the helm in 2018, taking over the position of Deputy Chief of Police.