The Regional Municipality Of York


York Regional Police Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique appointed as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police

Newmarket - The York Regional Police Services Board, York Regional Police and York Regional Council offer sincerest congratulations to York Regional Police Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique on his appointment as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Deputy Chief Carrique's appointment was announced today.

He will assume his new role on April 8 and lead one of North America's largest police services, with more than 5,800 uniformed officers, 2,400 civilian employees and 830 auxiliary officers.

"His appointment as OPP Commissioner marks a significant career achievement for Deputy Chief Carrique, a shining star within the service, “said Chair of the York Regional Police Services Board Virginia Hackson. "Tom is an outstanding officer who leads with integrity and respect. He will no doubt be exceptional in his new role, and the Board is very proud of his accomplishment.”

Deputy Chief Carrique joined York Regional Police in 1990 and was appointed by the Police Services Board as Deputy Chief of Police in 2011. He currently oversees the Investigations and Support Branch and has held increasingly senior roles throughout his career, including Superintendent-in-Charge of Staff Services and has led the service's Organized Crime Bureau and has acted as a liaison officer to the Special Investigations Unit.

“Tom is an outstanding police leader, one who is recognized as progressive, accountable and competent who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way. It is a loss for this organization but will be a tremendous asset to the women and men of the Ontario Provincial Police” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe.

"York Regional Council offers our congratulations to Deputy Chief Carrique," said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson, who is also a member of the Police Services Board. "We are sad to lose such a highly thought of and sought out professional. However, we know he is moving up to accept an immense challenge; an opportunity where we know he will both thrive and succeed."

Deputy Chief Carrique holds a certificate in terrorism studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a graduate of both the National Policing Improvement Agency's International Commanders Program in the United Kingdom and the United States Department of Justice Drug Unit Commanders Academy.

He holds a master's degree in leadership and training, with a specialty in justice and public safety, from Royal Roads University, plus holds a designation as a Certified Municipal Manager III Police Executive and designation in Chartered Management.

Deputy Chief Carrique is a proud member of the Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember Team and a gold medalist at the Canadian Police Olympics. He is a recipient of the Ontario Premier's Award of Excellence for Fighting Crime, the Governor General's Police Exemplary Service Medal and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has also been appointed by Canada's Governor General as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is a seven-member civilian Board that governs the York Regional Police. One member as Head of Municipal Council, three members are appointed by resolution of Regional Council and three by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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