Council appoints new Chief of Police in CBRM

April 20, 2021 

SYDNEY, NS - Robert Walsh is the new Chief of Police for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Council approved the recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday evening following an internal competition process for the position.

Walsh was appointed Acting Chief in February of 2020, after the extended absence of Chief Peter McIsaac who had taken leave. McIsaac recently announced he would not be returning to the position. 

Walsh has 30 years of extensive policing experience on patrols, traffic services, street crime and drug enforcement, major crime investigations and emergency response. He has 12 years of senior leadership experience and served as Deputy Chief prior to his appointment as Acting Chief.  

"Robert Walsh has proven himself more than capable in this important leadership role," said Mayor Amanda McDougall. "This past year has been especially challenging for our front line police officers as we navigated the pandemic response.  He brought valuable insight and sound judgment to the table every step of the way." 

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service employs 200 officers and 30 civilian staff members. The service has patrol officers and 15 different specialized sections and teams. The department's operating budget is approximately $28 million. 

A 1991 graduate of Atlantic Police Academy, Walsh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts from Cape Breton University and completed the French Immersion Program at Université Sainte-Anne. He also served briefly with the RCMP in Nova Scotia.  

Walsh has a Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and is a certified Use of Force and Firearms Instructor, Critical Incident Commander and Major Case Team Commander.  He is a recipient of both the Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Medal.