Police Chief Jonathan Bergen announced today that Deputy Chief Jason Stonechild, after 27 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Prince Albert, has given notice of his retirement from its police service in order to pursue further professional goals in the broader Saskatchewan community.
Stonechild, who grew up in Prince Albert, was promoted to Deputy Chief by Bergen in 2018. Bergen says Stonechild will be missed.
“Jason has over many years established himself as an important and well-regarded professional presence throughout our community”, said Bergen, also a lifetime resident of Prince Albert. “As a police officer, he has been a recognizable role model for our young people, and importantly for our Indigenous youth. He exemplifies the Service’s core values and the rewards of hard work, strong personal relationship and higher education.”
“Jason has a lot of energy. He had much to offer our Service, and will have much to offer his next ventures. We wish him and his family the very best, and know he will continue to be successful in what he undertakes next.”
The Chair of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners, Sheryl Kimbley, is complimentary and appreciative of Stonechild’s long service to the force. Kimbley grew up with Stonechild and commends him for his contribution to the successes and advances achieved by the Prince Albert Police Service in recent years. “Our Service has demonstrated strong leadership in Saskatchewan policing, and as a Board we are proud of the successes and advances achieved in recent years, our development of community policing, innovations in operations, and diversity recruitment, engagement and mentorship. Jason has made a meaningful contribution to these successes.”
Stonechild is proud of his career with the Prince Albert Police, and of the members with whom he has worked. “We have a very professional Service, with highly trained and dedicated leadership and officers, all committed to sustaining a safe, inclusive and thriving community”, Stonechild offered. “I will certainly miss my colleagues and friends on the PA Service, but I feel my work with them, and my many relationships and background growing up in PA have prepared me to offer something important to the Indigenous community in our province. I have a young family with a bright future in Saskatchewan, and I feel a strong sense of responsibility to continue to contribute what I have to offer.”
Stonechild is presently considering a number of professional opportunities, any of which he says will build on goals and successes of the Prince Albert Police Service. “Chief Bergen has been very professional and supportive of me in my decision, for which I am grateful.”
Mayor Greg Dionne, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners, has been a supporter and admirer of Stonechild’s career. “He has made a lasting impact in our City for which we offer our deepest thanks. He will undoubtedly make an impact in what he now takes on”, said Dionne. “One thing we know, Jason won’t be low key or idle.”