The Regional Municipality of Durham is located east of the City of Toronto and comprises the Cities of Oshawa and Pickering, the Towns of Ajax and Whitby, the Municipality of Clarington, and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Durham Region also includes the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, and is home to many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples. With a population of more than 731,000 and a geographic area of about 2,600 kilometres, Durham is characterized by urban lakeshore communities, rural farms, rolling hills, and diverse small towns, hamlets, and villages. The high quality of life, business-friendly environment, skilled labour force, developed infrastructure, research and development opportunities, and educational facilities have led to significant increases in growth. Durham is moving forward with plans for healthy, safe, and sustainable communities that can accommodate a projected population of 1.3 million residents by 2051. 

With the upcoming retirement of the incumbent Chief of Police, the Durham Regional Police Services Board is seeking a seasoned police executive to lead the Police Service with passion, integrity, and a profound commitment to building community trust. 

About the Service 

The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has a budget in excess of $250 million and is composed of more than 1,230 civilian and uniform staff. Strategic Plan goals include delivering services and programs that inspire the trust and confidence of all communities, providing efficient and effective evidence-based policing services and fostering a positive organizational culture. 

The Board recently engaged in a public and stakeholder consultation process to identify community safety challenges, priorities and the ideal characteristics for the next Chief of Police. Key themes from these consultations included: a rapidly growing and diverse population and the clear need for the police services to build strong connections and work collaboratively with community partners; providing transformative leadership as the organization embraces modern policing approaches; and improving resourcing strategies to ensure that public safety challenges are adequately addressed. 

Inspire our Future 

As a high-profile community leader, you are a big picture thinker who is willing to do things differently. You can take on issues management and lead positive change while ensuring the Service remains accountable and transparent. As our Chief of Police, you will be a visible presence while establishing strong ties based on openness, trust and transparency between the Police Service and the diverse communities it serves. You will have deep and varied experience as a policing executive, are known to be a courageous and transformative leader, are committed to positive community engagement and have both the political acuity and emotional intelligence to listen, recognize and act on the needs of our community while supporting our Service members. The Chief of Police will inspire the Service to foster change through collaboration and embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in the delivery of police services and in building a healthy, productive workplace. 

How to Apply 

To explore this opportunity please apply online via email by January 24, 2023 to quoting project DRPS-CHIEF in the subject line. Should you wish to receive a detailed information package please contact Jon Stungevicius at 416-214-9299 x1, or Tim Lukasewich at 416-214-9299 x8,

The Durham Regional Police Services Board and Waterhouse hire based on merit and are committed to employment equity and an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. We support a diverse and inclusive professional work environment, and welcome applications from all qualified candidates, specifically those from under-represented communities. We thank all applicants for their interest and wish to advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.