Our new Deputy Chief, Chris Fernandes, was sworn into office today at a gala ceremony in Whitby.
The 28-year police veteran swore his Oath of Allegiance & Office, Oath of Membership and Oath of Secrecy before Justice of the Peace Robert Boychyn as family and friends looked on. Formerly a Superintendent with Toronto Police, Deputy Chief Fernandes takes over the Policing Operations portfolio recently vacated by retiring member Scott Burns.
Regional Chair and Police Services Board Chair Roger Anderson welcomed him to the DRP family and praised him as an experienced police executive who also happens to be a local resident.
Deputy Chief Fernandes thanks the Board for their support and said "it feels like I'm coming home" as he has lived in Whitby for the past 23 years with his wife and three children.
Deputy Chief Fernandes has been a police officer in Toronto since 1986, and he has led the Divisional Policing Support Unit in Toronto since its creation in 2011. With 200 members, the Unit includes a number of community mobilization and corporate support functions, including the School Resource Officer Program, Transit Patrol, and the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). He has been involved in numerous multi-agency collaborative projects over the course of his career and he has held leadership positions in Primary Response, Community Response and the Emergency Task Force.
Justice Boychyn and DC Fernandes (JPG file, 458.4K bytes)
Our New Deputy Addresses Friends and Family (JPG file, 216.3K bytes)
Chair Anderson, DC Fernandes and Chief Paul Martin (JPG file, 259.4K bytes)
Deputy Chief Fernandes Oath of Office Video (WMV file, 458.4K bytes)