“It was brilliant and I really enjoyed it!”
Those were the words of Superintendent Frank Bergen who recently left 55 Division to become Unit Commander at 22 Division, when asked of his time here.
Bergen’s time at the “Double Nickel” left the top officer with memories of “great people who all had the best interests of their communities and neighbourhoods.”
Bergen is proud of how the staff of 55 Division were open to restructuring and sees the reorganization of resources within their own building as one of his biggest accomplishments.
“The collaboration between our Major Crime [Unit] and Community Response Unit is one I think is huge,” said Bergen. “We also revisited the importance of both crime prevention and customer service.”
He admits there were challenges within the CPLC, especially in expanding its role and importance. Bergen would like the committee to be more of a partner in crime management and crime prevention. He praises the work it has done with youth scholarships and local BIAs.
“It’s a work in progress and I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Bergen. “But I also think we will see the results of it in 2013.”
Bergen also welcomes the opportunity to serve a larger boundary – 55 Division is roughly 17 sq. km while 22 Division spans over 60 sq. km – as well as working closely with neighbouring Peel Regional Police.
“It’s bittersweet. I really, really was enjoying my deployment and my work within 55 [Division]…it’s not just a great community but also a great collection of police officers,” said Bergen. “It really was a delightful place to be, really enjoyed it.”