Mike Ewles was warmly welcomed as the new Chief of Police in Durham Region at a Change of Chief Constable ceremony held Tuesday at Headquarters.
Police Services Board Chair Terry Clayton presided over the ceremony as the 46-year-old new chief read his Oath of Office and signed the official change of command papers. Former Chief Vern White, the current Chief in Ottawa, was on hand for the ceremony.
Chief White reviewed the troops for the last time and thanked Durham Regonal Council, the Police Services Board, members of the community and members of the DRPS for the opportunity to serve as Chief.
"I've never met a team of people who work harder to serve its citizens," Chief White said of the DRPS.
Senior police officers attended from the OPP, RCMP, York Region, Toronto, Port Hope, Cobourg, City of Kawartha Lakes, Peel Regional and many others.
New Chief Mike Ewles promised to continue the important initiatives already underway and attack community safety issues by addressing the root causes of criminal activity. He promised to build on the great work of past leaders and rely on the members of the service. He also thanked his family for their ongoing support and love.
Regional Chair Roger Anderson welcomed the new Chief and also recognized Kevin McAlpine, the former Chief of Police in Durham Region.
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