York Regional Police (YRP) Chief Eric Jolliffe will remain at the helm of the province’s third-largest police service until Sept. 9, allowing him to complete a “significant restructuring” of the organization.
Joliffe was appointed to the position in 2010 and has earned numerous awards in his 40-year career. They include Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces, Police Exemplary Service Medal and 30-Year Bar, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief André Crawford is being re-appointed to the deputy chief position for a two-year term ending November 6, 2020. Since his appointment in 2013, Crawford has been overseeing the YRP administration branch, which includes financial services, information technology and community services. He’s the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, the Chief of Police Award, and the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Gold Medal Award.
The Police Services Board has approved the addition of a third deputy chief of police and will begin recruitment for the position immediately.
“Like many communities across Ontario, YRP is anticipating significant changes to policing over the coming years,” says Virginia Hackson, board chair and East Gwillimbury mayor. “These contract extensions and the addition of a deputy chief will position our police service to deal with these changes and to continue to provide safe communities for our citizens.”