York Regional Police has new top cop

A veteran York Regional Police (YRP) leader with 30 years of service, a proven track record in senior roles, and a reputation as a strong team builder and communicator is the new head of the 2,300-member force.

“I feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to lead a forward-thinking organization that embraces technology and is always looking for ways to improve,” says newly-minted Chief of Police Jim MacSween.

The Nova Scotia native launched his career with YRP in 1989. He has extensive experience in administration, operations and strategic initiatives under his belt, serving as the officer in charge of #2 and #4 Districts and a commander of Training and Education, the Real Time Operations Centre and the 9-1-1 Call Centre.

In his previous role as Deputy Chief, MacSween worked with the Support Branch, where he led several key strategic initiatives for YRP, which has an operating and capital budget of $390 million and serves a community of 1.2 million. He volunteers with Special Olympics Ontario and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance.

MacSween has a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from the University of Guelph. He completed the police leadership program at the Rotman School of Management and the executive strategic management program at the Senior Management Institute for Police. A recipient of the Governor General’s Exemplary Service 20-year medal, he succeeds Eric Jolliffe, who retired April 30.

“I want to thank the professional and highly dedicated women and men of YRP for their ongoing commitment to the safety of our community and to the health and well-being of our members,” MacSween says. “Lastly, I want to thank the YRP Services Board for having the trust and confidence in choosing me as Chief and for its ongoing support of our organization.”

Photo: Chief of Police Jim MacSween attended a swearing-in service at the York Regional Police Services Board on May 1. The swearing-in service was limited to five people because of COVID-19.

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