Long-time DRPS member Paul Martin was officially named the new Chief of Police in Durham Region at a Change of Command ceremony held today at headquarters.
The 50-year-old Whitby resident is the seventh chief in the 40-year history of the Durham Regional Police Service. He has spent his entire 23-year career as a member of the DRPS and most recently was serving as Deputy Chief in charge of Operational Support.
Chiefs and dignitaries from across Ontario attended the event, held on the front grounds of the Region of Durham headquarters on Rossland Road East in Whitby. The ceremony began with a minute of silence for three RCMP officers who lost their lives during a call in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Surrounded by friends and family, Chief Paul Martin pledged to continue the tradition of strong leadership and fairness established by the chiefs before him. In his remarks, he indicated the policing community faces many challenges in the future, but our sole focus must be the safety of the community and the security of citizens.
“As you all know, our industry is facing many challenges, from cost pressures to the changing nature of crime, to the needs of an ageing population. I am confident that together, we can meet these challenges without compromising the safety and security of our communities or the health and wellbeing of our members,” he said.
The Change of Command ceremony is a tradition in policing and provides the members and the community a chance not only to welcome the new chief, but also to say farewell to the retiring one. Mike Ewles was warmly received as he bid members of the DRPS goodbye after 32 years of service. He was given three cheers by the membership as he symbolically departed the dais accompanied by a lone piper.
Under his leadership, the DRPS was able to bring many needed capital projects forward, including a new firing range and Comms/911 centre in Whitby (the Operations Training Centre), a new divisional building in Clarington and a new centre for forensic sciences, also in Clarington.
Chief Martin began his career in frontline patrol in Oshawa, and has served in a number of operational and administrative units, including Tactical Operations, Nuclear Division and Human Resources.
Paul was a key figure in the development and implementation of the Nuclear Security Division shortly after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Paul is currently the Deputy Chief in charge of Operational Support which includes Crime Management, Communications, Court Services, IT, Corporate Communications and PSU.
Paul moved with his family to Oshawa at a young age and attended Eastdale Collegiate. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in Justice Studies and has a diploma in Police Foundations from Humber College. Paul recently attained a Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University.
He is an active member in the community, coaching youth soccer and hockey and is a past president of the Durham Children's Aid Society Board of Directors. Paul has lived in Durham Region most of his life and has been married to his wife Darby for almost 12 years. They have two children Maci (10yrs) and Miller (9yrs).
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Chief Ewles gives his farewell speech. (JPG file, 195.7K bytes)
Our troops marching to the Change of Command ceremony. (JPG file, 257.0K bytes)
Chief Martin gives his acceptance speech. (JPG file, 130.1K bytes)
Chief Paul Martin accepts the ceremonial sword. (JPG file, 233.1K bytes)
Chief Martin and Chair Anderson saluting our troops. (JPG file, 221.0K bytes)
Chief Ewles and Inspector Charlie Green. (JPG file, 229.9K bytes)