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July 26, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Photo credit: OACP

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has selected Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah as their new president. Chief Duraiappah will serve as the president for a one-year period and succeeds outgoing President Chief Gary Conn from Chatham-Kent Police Service. “I want to thank Chief Conn for his incredible leadership and contributions during an important and transitional period in policing in Ontario and across Canada. As we look to the future, there is an opportunity to make seismic shifts in incident response and how police services in our Province can better serve their communities. By establishing multi-sectoral partnerships to find upstream solutions, together with our communities, we can better address systemic and societal issues rather than continuing to apply traditional police and justice system response,” said Chief Duraiappah. The OACP is a not-for-profit association established in 1951 to be the voice of Ontario’s police leaders, serving police leaders in the federal, provincial, municipal, and Indigenous police services all across the provinces.

Photo credit: Barrie Police

Chief Kimberley Greenwood will retire from the Barrie Police Service after more than 41 years in policing. Chief Greenwood started her policing career in 1981 with the Toronto Police Service and worked in a variety of positions. During her time as Chief of the Barrie Police Service, Chief Greenwood served as President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Vice President of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. The Barrie Police Services Board is proud of her leadership and contributions to the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence, the National Framework for Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence, Community Safety and Well-being Planning Committee, among others. Chief Greenwood is also a strong supporter of Special Olympics Canada, participating in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Runs and readily jumping into the frigid waters of Kempenfelt Bay every winter in support of the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. “I am truly honoured and grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the Barrie Police Service for the past nine years, working alongside the dedicated members of our Service,” said Chief Greenwood.

Photo credit: Peel Regional Police

After 41 and a half years with Peel Regional Police, Deputy Chief Randy Patrick begins the next chapter of his life, retirement. Deputy Patrick began his career with Peel Regional Police in 1980. He was recognized as Peel Regional Police Officer of the year in 1989, accelerating a long and storied career dedicated to community safety, relationship building and a commitment to the members of Peel Police. He founded The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run (NPOMR) in 2005 to raise money and awareness of the annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Ottawa. Under Deputy Patrick’s leadership, NPOMR has proudly expanded throughout Ontario and to many other jurisdictions across Canada. Deputy Patrick leaves a lasting legacy with our service and the innumerable members that had the pleasure to meet and work alongside him. Peel Regional Police wishes Randy all the best in his retirement.

Photo credit: York Regional Police

The OACP has named York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween as first Vice President. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Chief MacSween moved to Ontario in 1987 and began his career with York Regional Police in 1989. He brings a balance of operational, administrative and strategic experience to his current role. Chief MacSween is responsible for 2,300 employees, an operating and capital budget of $390 million and community safety for 1.2 million citizens. Active in the community, Chief MacSween has volunteered his time with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics Ontario, including serving on the games organizing committee for the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games held in York Region. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our new president, Chief Duraiappah, and the rest of the board of directors in moving the profession of policing forward in a positive and meaningful way,” he said.


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