Behind the Badge: Chief Clive Weighill

On Sunday, Police Officers from across the country will gather at different memorials to honour those that have fallen in the line of duty. Those that have tragically given their lives were mothers, father, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends and colleagues. They had interests and hobbies, passions… lives outside of the uniform they wore on a daily basis.

In anticipation of the upcoming Saskatchewan Police & Peace Officer Memorial, we wanted to show you a few of those men and women, and who they are #BehindTheBadge. Throughout the week, we are featuring officers who have sworn to protect our community and hope you will learn a little bit more about them as human beings, not just Police Officers.

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Having had dreams of being an auto mechanic growing up in Regina, things took a turn for Clive when his vehicle was stolen as a teenager. He can remember going into the Regina Police Service to file a report and speaking with an officer that seemed to genuinely care.

That interaction had an impact, and so when he saw a RPS recruiting ad in the paper, he threw his hat in the ring. “They were looking to hire 26 Constables very quickly. I applied on October 1st and was hired by October 31st,” he recalls.

As his career in Policing progressed, promotion was never something that he thought very much of, but stayed the path as different opportunities arose. Forty-three years later and a few moves up through the ranks, he is set to turn in his kit on October 6th, having been Chief of the Saskatoon Police Service for over a decade.

Apart from marrying his wife Lois, Clive says that working for the SPS was one of the best things that happened to him. He was given so much from the community and members of the SPS.

One of his favourite parts of the job was meeting people, and as Chief, he met plenty through the events and functions to which he felt fortunate to be invited. He actually credits them as contributing to keeping him relaxed despite the stresses and pressures as a Chief. He has joked that he needn’t have bought groceries during the first year he was hired because he was always invited to events in the community. But that was Clive – dedicated to the community.

While the Police Service enjoyed many accolades and achievements over his tenure, Clive is always quick to credit the men and women who have supported him. “One man doesn’t walk alone. It’s the men and the women, sworn and civilian, that have been hauling the freight and that’s how the Police Service has gotten its great reputation.”

Credit: The StarPhoenix

While Clive never became an auto mechanic, his passion for cars hasn’t faded. His favourite car is a 1956 Crown Victoria, but he and Lois enjoy cruising around in his 1985 Corvette. Saskatoon’s Show & Shine weekend is particularly fun for the two of them to see a bunch of old cars and show theirs off too.

After a one-off experience in Regina 15 years ago, the Weighill’s discovered an enjoyment for marching band competition. One of their first post-retirement trips will be down to the U.S. “If we hit the circuit properly, about four weekends in a row, we can go to different cities and take in a competition.”

He leaves the Police Service with the following words for his colleagues: “Thank you very much for the way that Lois and I were treated. We felt very welcomed in Saskatoon and supported. When I came here, people were willing to change and gave me the benefit of the doubt. I was lucky I came when the organization was ready for change.”

“Anywhere I’ve gone, I’ve always been proud when people ask me what I do for a living; I’m a Police Officer. And I guess that will be one of the hardest things – I’ll no longer be ‘Clive the Cop’”.

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