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Thursday January 21st, 2016

Posted at 4:30pm

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After 35 years of policing, LaSalle’s Deputy Police Chief, Dan Fantetti is set to retire.

Deputy Fantetti took over the role as LaSalle’s Deputy Chief in August 2008. He began his career in London, Ontario in 1981, and transferred to St. Clair Beach Police Department in 1987. Deputy Fantetti was hired in LaSalle when it was the Township of Sandwich West in 1989. While working with the LaSalle Police Service, Deputy Fantetti held the positions of Constable, Patrol Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and finally Deputy Chief.

“I have had the great pleasure in working with Deputy Fantetti during my tenure as Chief these past 16 years with LaSalle Police Service,” said Chief John Leontowicz. “During these years Dan worked diligently and loyally making a difference in the community he served. His hard work did not go unnoticed and soon Dan began to take on a greater role as he advanced through the ranks to eventually Deputy Chief.”

Fantetti spent two years (1998 – 2000) as an instructor at the Ontario Police College where he taught police recruits from all over Ontario. He also taught policing professionals from across Canada and other international policing agencies at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa from 1999-2001. Upon his return from Police College, Deputy Chief Fantetti continued as an instructor with the LaSalle Police Service, and also taught law and security programs at St. Clair College on a part-time basis for 12 years.

“I am satisfied with everything that I have done, and I am ready to move on,” Deputy Fantetti said. “In the last 35 years, I have done everything from front line duty to teaching to administration. It’s time to let someone else have this opportunity.”

“Dan was the consummate professional. He carried himself as a person proud to represent the force and we were proud that he represented the force and our Town,” said Mayor Ken Antaya. “Dan ‘grew up’ in our department, he knows the Town and the Town knows him, but most of all, the Town and its residents know Dan, and they are confident and safe when he is on duty.”

“I will miss this place and the people here so much,” Deputy Fantetti said. “I am so thankful to Chief Leontowicz, the members of the Police Services Board, Town Council, and all of the people who work for this municipality. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience. I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Chief Leontowicz explains that LaSalle Police has become a respected and professional police organization through-out the province, and Deputy Fantetti was a big part in that success.

“We worked each day as a team during his tenure of Deputy. I will miss his friendship and his support. I wish Dan only the best in his new chapter and a great retirement,” Chief Leontowicz said.

Fantetti will continue in the position of Deputy Chief until the end of April.

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