Shawn Devine holds a B.A. in Sociology from Laurentian University. He began his policing career with the North Bay Police Service as a police constable following graduation from Ontario Police College in 1988.
After four years on patrol, he was promoted to detective constable, serving with the Street Crime Unit, in Criminal Investigations, and as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
From 2005 to 2012, he successfully climbed the ranks from platoon sergeant, to officer-in-charge of courts, to platoon staff sergeant, and to inspector of operations. In 2012, he was promoted to deputy chief, and in 2016, he was sworn-in as the North Bay Police Service’s ninth chief of police.
In 2009, Chief Shawn Devine was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Integrated Security Unit for the planning and execution of the G8/G20 Summits.
He participated in an educational exchange with Sussex Police Hastings and Rother in 2004, and served on the North Bay Police Service's Protection Unit during the Royal Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in North Bay in 1997.
Known in North Bay for his significant volunteer contributions, including serving as a board member of Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, Chief Shawn Devine was recognized with the Province of Ontario’s Volunteer Service Award and the Government of Canada’s Royal Canadian Commemorative Medal for Volunteer Service in 2001.
In 2016, the Governor General recognized him as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.Chief Shawn Devine continues to cheer for the Bears of St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School as a proud graduate.