Our Staff
Updated on October, 24 2014
Chief of Police

Chief of Police John Syrette

Police Chief John Syrette has been a police officer since 1987 and began his policing career at his home community of Garden River as one of a three member Indian Special Constable office.

Prior to starting his policing career he attended Lake Superior State University and was a serving member of the Canadian Army (Reserves).

He worked in Garden River until January 1990 when he joined the Ontario Provincial Police and was posted to the Thunder Bay detachment. Among his duties, other than general law enforcement he was the #16 District liaison officer responsible for the First Nation communities in the District of Thunder Bay.

He transferred to First Nations Policing Program located at the O.P.P. Headquarters in Orillia in 1994. His duties included training and transport coordinator and later as the human resources coordinator for the First Nations Program communities.

In 1996 he left the O.P.P. and returned to operational policing with the Anishinabek Police Service at his home community of Garden River. He was later promoted and became the Regional Commander of the A.P.S. North Region as the service rapidly grew from four original communities to eighteen individual First Nations.

Prior to being promoted to Police Chief in December 2005 he also held the position of Director of Support Services.

From 2001 - 2004 John was the co-chair of the First Nations section of the Ontario "Justice Partners Serving Victims" Committee.

John is the current Vice President of the First Nations Chief's of Police Association and is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and sits on the Policing and Aboriginal Issues committee.


Deputy Chief - Dave Whitlow




A/Insp. Duff Bressette, Director of South Region



Inspector Derek Johnson Director of North Region



Inspector Marc LeSage, Director of Operations Central Region


Manager of Finance

Leslie Zack-Caraballo, Director of Corporate Services

Leslie joined the Service in May 2004 as the Director of Finance. She is a member of the Garden River First Nation. Her main responsibilities are in the area of accounting and finance which ensures that our internal procedures are implemented according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Her past experience includes ten year tenure with the Ontario Human Rights Commission as a Human Rights Officer. This experience provided her with investigative, analytical and mediation skills in the area of social justice. This also included the ability to provide analysis in relation to due diligence relating to an undue hardship or bona fide qualification analysis. It is in this arena where she enhanced her investigative and analytical abilities from both a legal and financial perspective. Following this, she worked in the capacity as a Property Manager for a seven year period with a local Aboriginal non-profit housing in relation to administration, financial and policy development.

Leslie’s extensive experience on a variety of boards and committees has provided her with a keen understanding of the importance of structure and governance – as it relates to transparent accountability. She is currently the Chairperson of an Audit committee with the Province’s first Aboriginal credit union.

She is skilled in relationship to the requirements of feasibility studies and business planning while ensuring that the flow of information for transparent accountability to advisory groups and/or Board of Directors is complete. More importantly, Leslie is keenly aware of the importance that a stable infrastructure plays in the development of a successful organization.

S/Sgt. Chris Kelly, Domestic Violence Coordinator

Chris Kelly began his career in law enforcement in 1978 with Immigration Canada, as an Immigration Officer at the Sault Ste. Marie Port of Entry.  Chris also conducted immigration investigation in the area.  Chris’ duties also included training Immigration and Customs Officers.

Chris began his Policing Career with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in January 1987 as a member of the Patrol Branch and has worked in many areas of policing throughout his career.

As a member of the Community Services Branch, he was responsible for delivering safety and crime prevention instruction to students in approximately 20 elementary schools, in both the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board.  Chris also coordinated Police Week and sat on the Block Parents Board of Directors and on the Prince Township Policing Committee.

Chris has worked in the Criminal Investigations Branch as a Detective, as a High School Liaison Officer and as an Intelligence Officer.  Chris was also a C.P.R. and first Aid Instructor for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.  Throughout most of his time with the Sault Ste. Marie Police he was tasked with maintaining and operating the Service’s Marine Unit.  He was also extensively involved in the training with Marine Officers for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service as well as Officers from other law enforcement agencies in the area: such as the O.P.P., Canada Border Services, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, United States Border Patrol and the United States Coast Guard.


Detective S/Sergeant Faron Whiteye, Crime Unit