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Dispatches: June/July 2022

June 17, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Photo credit: Peel Regional Police

The Peel Police Services Board has announced the appointment of Mark Dapat as Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Mark Dapat began his career with the Peel Regional Police (PRP) in 1997. He worked and held lead roles throughout the organization including uniform patrol, special enforcement bureau, intelligence services, internal affairs and criminal investigation bureau. He was a crisis negotiator team leader and is a certified critical incident commander. His most recent assignment was in community safety and well-being services. This branch of PRP oversees regional community mobilization, road safety services and diversity, equity and inclusion. Mark has led the development of the PRP – Community Safety and Well-being Strategy. This strategy establishes a foundation for action and is a critical step in the commitment to operate as a progressive, innovative and inclusive public safety organization. Mark was born in the Philippines and he grew up in Toronto. He is married and has two sons.

Photo credit: Waterloo Regional Police Service

The Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) Board has announced that Police Chief Bryan Larkin will retire from the Waterloo Regional Police Service after 31 years of dedicated service. Chief Larkin began his policing career with the WRPS in 1991, working as a front-line constable assigned to Division #1 in Kitchener and rising to the rank of superintendent of Central Division. During his tenure as Chief of Police, Chief Larkin has volunteered his time with national and provincial policing organizations, as well as several local community groups. He is currently the president of the CACP and also served as the OACP president. Chief Larkin is a strong believer of community volunteerism and is proud to support many causes. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In September 2016, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and, in July 2020, was advanced to Officer within the Order. Chief Larkin said, “It has been a true honour to lead this organization over the past eight years and serve beside the incredible members who commit themselves each and every day to public safety and wellness.”

Photo credit: Woodstock Police Service

Rod Wilkinson has been named Woodstock Police Service’s next Chief of Police. Wilkinson is currently the deputy police chief and a 25-year veteran of the force. Wilkinson will step into the role of chief on July 9, succeeding Chief Daryl Longworth, who announced his retirement in February after serving three years in the position. Woodstock’s Police Services Board says Wilkinson has moved up the ranks during his time in the force, having served in various positions in several operational units. He is said to have extensive technical and supervisory experience when it comes to criminal investigations, and incident command and tactical operations. Wilkinson has thanked the board for “entrusting me with the leadership” of the police force. “We will continue to build on and maintain the trust of the Woodstock community. We will continue to work with our community partners and groups striving towards common goals,” his statement read.

Photo credit: Abbotsford Police Department

After a 37-year career, Deputy Chief Constable Paulette Freill has retired from the Abbotsford Police Department where she joined in November 2017. She was the first female Commissioned Officer posted at a number of RCMP detachments including Surrey Detachment as the Inspector OIC of a General Duty Patrol shift; Coquitlam Detachment as the Operations Support Officer; and Superintendent at Dauphin, Manitoba where she was the District Commander of the West District. Throughout her career she has been in operational/investigative roles which included Patrol, Major Crimes, and the “E” Division Interview Team. Deputy Freill has taught Statement Analysis to police agencies all over the world and is recognized globally as an expert in this field. Prior to joining the AbbyPD, Freill was the Chief Superintendent, Officer in Charge of the RCMP’s Operations Strategy Branch with RCMP “E” Division. Paulette is the recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Merit for Police Forces (M.O.M).

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