ORILLIA, ON, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) may be saying goodbye to retiring Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey this month but the outstanding contributions he made during his distinguished 33-year career will not soon be forgotten, says OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.
Beechey has been the Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support since January, 2008. During his tenure in this position, he carried the responsibility and oversight of all OPP traffic programs in the province. He was also responsible for the Communications and Technology Support Bureau, the Security Bureau which oversees all corporate and Dignitary Protection and the Field Support Bureau which is charged with all major event planning.
Beechey also oversaw important OPP specialized units and programs such as Emergency Response Teams, Tactics and Rescue Units, the Aviation Services program, the Auxiliary program and Offender Transport.
After joining the OPP in 1980, Beechey served in Bracebridge, Brantford and Sault Ste. Marie Detachments. He also served as Area Commander in Ottawa and held the positions of Manager of Staff Development and Director of Support at East Region Headquarters.
Beechey's ambition and dedication to the OPP did not go unnoticed and in 2004, he was promoted to Commander of the OPP's East Region. Over and above his numerous roles and responsibilities within the OPP, he was the Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Traffic Committee and was a member of various International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) traffic committees including World Regional Chair of the IACP for North America.
Beechey was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario and is one of a number of family members who serve/served with military/paramilitary organizations. His father was in the military, his brother is a retired police officer who served with the St. Thomas Police Service and his sister works at the Ontario Police College. Retiring Deputy Commissioner Beechey is married and has two children.
Note: Deputy Commissioner Beechey is available for interviews on request.
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
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