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Dispatches: October 2021

September 30, 2021  By Blue Line Staff


Credit: Barrie Police Service

Rich Johnston was named deputy chief of the Barrie Police Service in June. Johnson joined the Barrie Police Service in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles throughout the Service, including uniform patrol, tactical support and operational support and, most recently, he worked as an inspector responsible for investigative services. Johnston holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Queen’s University, Masters in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph and on July 5, he began a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He officially took over the role of deputy chief on June 24.

Credit: Delta Police Department

Staff Sergeant Jody Waldron was recently promoted to inspector of the recruiting and professional development section at the Delta Police Department in British Columbia. Waldron began her career with Delta Police in 1993 as a police dispatcher and was officially hired as a sworn officer in 2002. She was formerly head of one of Delta Police’s frontline platoons. In her new role she will continue her efforts to grow and support Delta Police officers in their professional development from hire to retire.

Credit: Hamilton Police Service

Retired Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan sadly passed away in July. He was 67. Mullan served as chief from 2003 to 2009. He began his career in 1974 and spent his entire 35-year career in law enforcement with the Hamilton Police Service. As chief, one of his biggest accomplishments was launching a multi-pronged assault on the crack cocaine epidemic in the city. The strategy included stronger enforcement, the creation of a special court and improved liaising with social services. Mullan also stationed more officers downtown, while adding bike and foot patrols. After his retirement from the service in 2009, Mullan went on to become a member of the Parole Board of Canada and also served as a citizen representative with the Ontario Attorney General’s Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee. Mohawk College in Hamilton also recognized him with its Alumni of Distinction award. Mullan earned a diploma in business administration and a certificate in police science from Mohawk and completed training at FBI national academy in Quantico, Va. He also held high-ranking positions with the Hamilton Community Care Access Centre, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council and the Ancaster Lions Club.

In July, retired RCMP Staff Sgt. Dale Djos received a pair of Commanding Officer’s Commendations awards for solving two cold case murders during the course of his career. He was one of three members, including retired Cpl. Dan Smith and forensic scientist Hiron Poon, to receive the commendations. They helped solve the 1977 murder of 12-year-old Carolyn Lee and the 1996 murder of 11-year-old Jessica States using DNA technology, which was relatively new and ground-breaking at the time.


Credit: TPS

Retired Constable Kim Turner, who headed the Toronto Police Service Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit (APU) for over a decade, passed away in July. She was 63. She joined the service on July 19, 1988. Turner, who was Ojibwe, served for many years at 51 Division before being assigned to the APU. In 2008, Turner received the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) Community Service Award.

Credit: Saskatchewan Police Service

Assistant Director Lonnie Dynna is retiring from the Saskatchewan Police Service after 27 years of service. Dynna joined the Moose Jaw Police Service in 1978 and was seconded to the Saskatchewan Police College as a recruit coordinator in 1992. He accepted a permanent position at the Saskatchewan Police College in 1994 where he has served in various positions over the past 27 years.

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