By Naila Syed

The York Regional Police (YRP) Services Board has announced Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique as the commissioner of The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The announcement was made through a press release on March 11th 2019. He is expected to assume his role on April 8th and is said to lead the largest police services of North America.

“His appointment as OPP Commissioner marks a significant career achievement for Deputy Chief Carrique, a shining star within the service,” said Virginia Hackson, Chair of the YRP Services Board . “Tom is an outstanding officer who leads with integrity and respect. He will no doubt be exceptional in his new role, and the Board is very proud of his accomplishment.”

Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique joined YRP in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief of Police in 2011. He currently oversees the investigation and support branch and has held increasingly senior roles throughout his career. He holds a certificate in terrorism studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and also is a graduate of both National Policing Improvement Agency’s International Commanders Program in the United Kingdom and the United States Department of Justice Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He also holds a master’s degree in leadership and training, with a specialty in justice and public safety and is a certified Municipal Manager and a designated Chartered Manager.

 “York Regional Council offers our congratulations to Deputy Chief Carrique,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson, who is also a member of the Police Services Board. “We are sad to lose such a highly thought of and sought out professional. However, we know he is moving up to accept an immense challenge; an opportunity where we know he will both thrive and succeed.”

Chief Carrique is a proud member of the Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember team and a gold medalist at the Canadian Police Olympics. He has also received the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence for Fighting Crime, the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was also appointed as a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Canada’s Governor General.

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