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  New Deputy Chief Announced

Oct 30, 2009 07:53 ET

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is pleased to announce that Inspector Scott Burns will be appointed Deputy Chief of Police, effective December 14, 2009. Inspector Burns will be replacing outgoing Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier, who is retiring.

“Scott Burns is an outstanding police leader, distinguished by his ability to achieve objectives through partnerships,” said Chair of the Board, Terry Clayton. “He has the talent and skills needed to advance the Service’s commitment to problem-oriented policing, and will be a key member of Chief Ewles’ team dedicated to making Durham Region a safe place to live, work, play and do business.”

Inspector Burns, age 45, has been a police officer in Durham for the past 23 years. He began his career in frontline patrol in Ajax and Pickering, and has served in a number of operational and administrative units, including Major Crime, Human Resources and the Police Learning Centre. He has been successful at building strong committed teams and is skilled at implementing, leading and guiding change throughout the police service. Inspector Burns was responsible for the development and implementation of DRPS’ Diversity Strategic Plan. He is currently the Officer-in-Charge of the Nuclear Security Division and leads a team of officers that is recognized across the country for its proven ability to protect the two nuclear power facilities at Pickering and Darlington.

Scott recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Justice Studies and has a certificate in Business Leadership from Durham College. He is also currently enrolled in the Executive Development in Policing Program at the Canadian Police College. He is active in his community and has received awards as both a minor hockey coach and for community contribution through the building of strong relationships throughout the region. Scott is a lifetime resident of Durham and has been married to his wife Nancy for 24 years. They have two sons, Sam (20yrs) and Patrick (18 yrs)

“It is a great honour for me to serve the people of Durham Region as their Deputy Chief of Police. I look forward to working with the men and women of our great police service to ensure that our citizens are safe and that our community is secure.”

The date of a swearing-in ceremony will be announced in the near future. Inspector Burns can be contacted at


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