New deputy police chief cherishes Cornwall

In this provided photo, Vince Foy has been named deputy police chief for the Cornwall Police Service. He will be sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (CPS via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The city’s new deputy police chief is happy about coming back to Cornwall and believes his new role is a natural fit for his family.

Vince Foy has been hired as second in command of the Cornwall Police Service, the Cornwall Police Services Board announced last week. He will be moving from Saskatchewan where he’s been in charge of major crime investigations.

In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, Foy says after 26 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, coming back to municipal policing was a good fit.

“Cornwall is a place that I cherish. Our family really enjoyed living there so we were naturally attracted to moving back to Cornwall. After 26 years or so in the RCMP it was time for me to look for other opportunities and when I saw the job advertisement, I believed it was a natural fit for me and my family,” Foy told Newswatch.

After working in four provinces in Canada, Foy says “Cornwall has always been our favourite place to live.”

The RCMP superintendent, who turned 50 on Christmas Eve, was born in Cornwall and has worked locally before with the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

With his organized crime expertise with the CRTF and working major cases, Foy believes he will bring “a different perspective from a different lens” and will “build on the great work that’s already been done” in the CPS.

As for where he will be living, Foy says that’s the “million dollar question” especially with the tight real estate market, but he plans on settling somewhere within the city limits.

The new deputy chief says his wife and two teenage boys will stay in Saskatchewan so they can finish off the school year before moving to Ontario in the summer.

Foy adds that he would like to settle in Riverdale where he lived before when stationed in Cornwall and finding long-term accommodations will take a couple of months. He has short-term living arrangements now.

Foy will be sworn in Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at the next police board meeting, taking the position left vacant after Shawna Spowart was promoted to chief.

“I’m humbled and proud to be part of this team and I really look forward to being there in two to three weeks time. It’s going to take a few months for me to learn my new role but I plan in being fully invested in my new role and doing my best to make Cornwall a safer place. It’s the vision of Cornwall.”