On Thursday, the Stratford Police Services Board unanimously voted to appoint Insp. Michael Bellai as the next deputy chief of the Stratford Police Service.
Bellai, in his 25th year of policing, will begin his duties on May 1.
He began his career with the Peel Regional Police Service where he served for two years before joining the Stratford police in January of 1990.
Bellai has fulfilled a number of roles during his policing career, including assignments in uniform patrol, the emergency response unit, the criminal investigation division and as the supervisor in charge of the drug/intelligence unit.
He has a wealth of investigative experience including homicide investigations and the overseeing of major illicit drug projects.
Bellai is currently is currently enrolled at the University of Guelph – Humber where he will be graduating this summer with a bachelor of applied arts in criminal justice studies. He has also completed numerous police and management related courses through Dalhousie University, the Ontario Police College, the Canadian Police College, Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario, FBI National Academy Associates, RCMP and the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation.
Outside of work, Bellai is a coach and a member of several boards, public service organizations and professional associations in the community and is also a certified municipal manager.