Police Chief Mike Ewles and Police Services Board Chair Terry Clayton introduced DRP’s newest Deputy Chief, Sherry Whiteway, at a ceremony today at Regional Headquarters.
Deputy Whiteway has achieved two firsts in the history of the DRPS, the first female to be promoted to Superintendent and now the first to achieve the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
Deputy Whiteway was sworn in today, filling a vacancy left with the promotion of Chief Ewles in May. As Superintendent, Deputy Whiteway was responsible for Regional Operations, including Air1, K-9, Tactical Support, Traffic, Marine, Nuclear Security, Community Services, Property, Crime Stoppers and Communications 9-1-1.
She began her career with the DRP in February 1980 and served in a frontline uniform patrol capacity in Pickering, Ajax, Uxbridge and Whitby. Over her career, she has worked to develop and implement many programs including facilitating the opening of the North Ajax Community Policing Centre and the Collision Reporting Centre at 19 Division.
Deputy Whiteway commanded the Ajax /Pickering 19 Division and over 140 officers, prior to taking over the Communications/ 9-1-1 Unit in 2004. She is also heading a region-wide review of frontline officer deployment. Deputy Chief Whiteway has received many accolades including the Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding commitment to Community and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
Policing runs in Sherry's family. Her father, Herb Legard is a retired staff sergeant of DRPS, her husband Tom is a sergeant and Sherry’s eldest daughter Nicole is a detective constable with the DRPS.
“This is the proudest moment of my 27 year career, yet very humbling,?says Deputy Whiteway. “It is a privilege and honour to serve the members of DRP and the community as Deputy Chief. I will do everything I can to assist in making Durham Region the safest and healthiest place to live, work and play.?
“The Police Services Board was impressed with the high quality of all internal candidates. The Board congratulates Sherry and thanks all candidates for their efforts and strong performance during this process,?says Board Chair Terry Clayton.
Chief Ewles and members of Durham Regional Police congratulate Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway on her promotion.
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