York’s top cop to remain at post for another year

York Regional Police (YRP) Chief Eric Jolliffe will remain at the helm of the police service responsible for one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the province for another year. Two new deputy chiefs have also been appointed to the service.

“The Police Services Board is very pleased that Chief Jolliffe has accepted to remain on until next April to help support the Board’s succession plan for the future leadership of the YRP,” says Board Chair Virginia Hackson.

Jolliffe joined the YRP in 1981 and was appointed the region’s top cop in 2010. He will remain with the YRP until April 30, 2020. Supt. Brian Bigras and Supt. James MacSween will fill the current vacancy and the additional deputy chief position. They join Deputy Chiefs André Crawford and Robertson Rouse as seconds-in-command.

Expanding the executive command team to four deputy chiefs will provide stronger oversight of key policing areas while also supporting growth and manage future trends, says the services board. The civilian board governs and oversees YRP.

Both deputy chief designates bring extensive administration and operational expertise to the roles. Bigras has 29 years of service with YRP with significant experience as the officer-in-charge of Investigative Services and Organized Crime. MacSween has 30 years of service with YRP and has vast experience as the officer-in-charge of significant operational areas of the organization including #2 and #4 Districts, training and education and more recently in the Real Time Operations Centre.

They will assume their new roles on May 15. YRP has about 2,260 full-time employees, including officers and civilians.

Photo: YRP Chief Eric Jolliffe will remain at the helm until next April to help find his successor.

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