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  Police Services Board Announces New Chief

Mar 25, 2014 12:25 ET

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is pleased to announce that Durham Regional Police Deputy Chief Paul Martin has been selected as the next Chief of Police. Chief Designate Martin will replace Chief Ewles, who is retiring, and will assume his new role effective May 31, 2014.

“Chief Designate Martin has consistently demonstrated that he has the experience, the skills and the commitment to lead the Durham Regional Police to new levels of innovation and excellence in policing,” said the Chair of the Board, Roger Anderson. “We embarked on this process looking far and wide for exceptional candidates right across the country. We are very pleased that we found the best right here at home in Durham Region.”

Chief Designate Martin has lived in Durham since his early childhood. He attended Eastdale Collegiate in Oshawa and recently completed the requirements for a Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Chief Designate Martin joined the DRPS in 1990, and has contributed in a variety of operational and administrative units, including Tactical Support, Nuclear Security and Human Resources. He is an active volunteer in the community, coaching youth sports and serving on the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Durham Region and as past President of the Durham Children’s Aid Society. Chief Designate Martin is married to Darby and they have two children, Maci and Miller.

“I am humbled and honoured to have been chosen by the Board to fulfill the responsibilities of Chief of Police of our outstanding Police Service,” stated Chief Designate Martin. “Our organization's successes are owed entirely to the quality of our employees, and it is a profound privilege to assume the command of such a talented and dedicated membership. My top priority is to work with our members and our community safety partners to ensure that we deliver excellent and accountable police services that continue to earn the confidence and respect of our citizens.”

The Board would also like to thank outgoing Chief Ewles for his 32 years of dedicated service to Durham Region, the last seven as Chief. “He has enjoyed a distinguished career and we wish him continued happiness and health in the next, more relaxing, phase of his life, which he richly deserves,” stated Chair Anderson.

The date of a change of command ceremony will be announced in the near future. Chief Designate Martin can be contacted at, or by telephone at 905-579-1520 extension 4253.

The Durham Regional Police Services Board is the civilian governing body of the Police Service. Its responsibilities include establishing objectives for policing in consultation with the Chief of the Police, setting policies for the effective management of the Police Service, and hiring and monitoring the performance of the Chief of Police. The Board consists of seven members, three appointed by the Province of Ontario and four chosen by Regional Council.

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