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Dispatches: April 2021

April 5, 2021  By Blue Line Staff


After 37 years of policing, Superintendent Brent Mackey retired from the Moose Jaw Police Service in Saskatchewan. Mackey began his policing career in 1983. Since then, he has worked in various units including community policing, criminal investigations, support services and information management. He officially retired in February.

Kingston, Ont., Deputy Police Chief Chris Scott retired in February. Prior to joining the Kingston police force in 1998, Scott served with the Toronto and Ottawa police services. He worked in several units, the most recently of which was quality assurance. He was named deputy chief in November 2018 and assumed the role in January 2019.

Sheryl Sutton was recently promoted to the rank of inspector at the South Simcoe Police Service. Sutton brings 33 years of experience to the role. She joined the Toronto Police Service as a cadet in 1988 and attended the Ontario Police College in May 1989. She joined the Innisfil Police Service in Ontario in June 1995 and was a member when the Innisfil Police and Bradford Police amalgamated in January 1997 to become South Simcoe Police. She was promoted to sergeant in 2006, moved into the role of supervisor of the Courts Unit from 2013 to 2014 and served as an administrative sergeant from 2015 to 2016. Sutton became a staff sergeant in 2018 and took over as manager of Support Services. In 2019, she was moved to the Investigative Services and the Courts branch. She assumed her new role of inspector in late February.

Retired Kingston, Ont., Police Chief Bill Hackett passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 90. Hackett joined the Kingston Police in 1951 and held several key senior positions, including 13 years as Deputy Chief, before being appointed Chief of Police in 1994. He retired after 44 years of service, the lengthiest service ever recorded by an officer with the Kingston Police. After his retirement, Hackett served on the Kingston Police Services Board for 14 years (until 2019). He received a Distinguished Service Award from Queen’s University for outstanding service to the university in his law enforcement role. He was also a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of 40 years of loyal and exemplary service as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

After 34 years in policing, Chief Constable Len Goerke of the West Vancouver Police Department retired on Feb. 26. He has been a police officer since 1987. Prior to joining WVPD, he was deputy chief constable of the Abbotsford Police Department. Goerke is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), a past President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, past co-chair of the CACP Labour Relations Committee, and is an active member of both organizations.

Former Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders will be taking on a new role in the redevelopment of Ontario Place in Toronto. Saunders announced his retirement from the Toronto Police Service in June 2020. He held the top title there from April 2015 until July 31, 2020. Prior to being named the first-ever Black chief, Saunders worked in several units of the service, including homicide, professional standards and emergency task force. In December 2020, he was appointed to the provincial government’s COVID-19 vaccine task force, advising on the planning and execution of Ontario’s immunization program. Saunders was then appointed special advisor of the renewal project in March.

Honoured for 20 years of exemplary service, Det.-Sgt. Janet Kaus of the Dryden Police Service in Ontario received the Governor-General’s Police Exemplary Medal from police Chief Doug Palson. Kaus began her career with DPS on Feb. 7, 2000.

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