Will Take Command on March 29
ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes has been chosen to replace retiring
Commissioner Chris Lewis.
"I am excited about the new challenge and humbled by the
responsibility," said Hawkes. "I will do my best to lead this fine
organization forward with the vision and courage demonstrated by my
Originally from the National Capital Region, Deputy Hawkes joined the
OPP in 1984 and served in a variety of progressively responsible roles.
He is currently the Deputy Commissioner for Field Operations and is
responsible for the operational activities of five OPP Regions, as well
as the Aboriginal Policing Bureau and approximately 4,500 personnel.
Well known and respected both within the OPP and the broader Canadian
and international police sector, Deputy Hawkes brings a wealth of
experience to his new role and, having worked closely with the outgoing
Commissioner, will provide important continuity of leadership for the
"Having worked closely with Vince over many years, I know the OPP will
be in good hands after I retire. I join many others in congratulating
him on this very well deserved appointment," said retiring Commissioner
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The OPP is one of the largest deployed police forces in North America
with over 9,000 civilian and uniform employees who provide a variety of
specialized provincial policing services and municipal policing
services to 324 communities.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Sergeant Peter Leon
Phone: (705) 330-3738
Note: Time permitting, Deputy Hawkes is available for interviews by telephone, Skype and in person at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia.