Dispatches: October 2022
September 28, 2022
By Brittani Schroeder
Oak Bay Police Department has promoted Julie Chanin to the rank of Deputy Chief. A 22-year veteran of policing, she joined the department from the West Shore RCMP in 2011 and has since served as constable, acting sergeant and sergeant. She is the first internal candidate promoted to Oak Bay police leadership in more than a decade, and becomes the first female deputy chief constable in the Capital Regional District. Mayor Kevin Murdoch, chair of the police board, said Chanin has demonstrated expertise in community policing and commitment to the people of Oak Bay. “When you look at the values of the Oak Bay Police Department – service, accountability, fairness, and empathy – it’s hard to think of anyone who better exemplifies those values than Sgt. Chanin,” he said.
After 28 years on the force, Isobel Granger, the first Black woman to be promoted to inspector and later the first Black superintendent with Ottawa Police Service (OPS), has retired. Granger became the first Black officer to work in an all-white police force in her home country of Zimbabwe before becoming one of the first Black female officers to join the Ottawa Police Service in 1994. Throughout her career with OPS, Granger lead initiatives aimed at helping the Ottawa police repair its relationship with the community and has been recognized for her work advocating for victims of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. Granger’s last day with OPS was on July 15. Soon after, she started a new job as chief security officer with the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has elected Chief Danny Smyth of the Winnipeg Police Service to serve as the new President of the association for a two-year term. Chief Smyth has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for 30 years. During his career, he has worked in several areas of the police service including uniform operations, intelligence, organized crime, and organizational development. Chief Smyth is known as someone who enjoys the challenge of new opportunities and embraces change wholeheartedly. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983, and then in 2006 received a master’s degree in organizational management. He has served as President of the Manitoba Association Chiefs of Police. He has been an active member of the CACP’s Board of Directors, and now proudly assumes the leadership of the association as its President, replacing Deputy Commissioner Bryan Larkin who will remain on the Board as Past President.
Jeff Skye has been announced as the new Chief of the Anishinabek Police Services (APS). Guided by the sacred grandfather teachings, Jeff is a seasoned officer who brings many years of experience to support and advocate for his police officers, civilian staff, communities and all who live within. Jeff is joining the APS after having served the Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) for over seven years as the Deputy Police Chief. Jeff has been a shining example of “leading from the front” leadership with over 29 years of experience in policing. Nationally, he is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the First Nations Chiefs of Police. Provincially he is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and the Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario. Regionally he sits on the Grand Council Treaty #3 Drug Task Force.
Chief Andrew Fletcher will retire from the South Simcoe Police Service at the end of September after more than 38 years of dedicated service in policing. Chief Fletcher began his policing career in 1984 with the Halton Regional Police Service, and over the next 31 years enjoyed a variety of assignments in uniform patrol, with the tactical team, criminal investigations, drugs and morality, and the homicide unit. During his tenure as Chief of Police, Fletcher implemented countless initiatives focusing on Community policing including expanding the number of front-line officers, civilianization of specialized roles such as corporate communications and community liaison, and the historic appointments of the service’s first female Deputy Chief and Inspector. “I am extremely proud of the South Simcoe Police Service and am grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing team. Together we have made this a top-notch, well-respected police service, ready to meet whatever lies ahead,” said Chief Fletcher. “I leave knowing the police service is in a good place with a bright future, ready to meet the needs of our growing communities.”
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