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Durham Regional Police Service

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The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) is the police service operated by and serving the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, Canada. The force serves the following local municipalities, with a combined population of 645,862:[1]

Durham Regional Police Service
Durham Regional Police Logo.svg
MottoLeaders in Community Safety
Agency overview
HeadquartersWhitby, Ontario

Sworn members850
Unsworn members134
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Divisions5 Stations
Police cars192
Police boats2
Dogs8 police service dogs
Official website

The DRPS and York Regional Police are the only two police forces in the Greater Toronto Area with air support.

The DRPS was formed in 1974 through the amalgamation of a number of local police forces in the area, coinciding with the establishment of the Regional Municipality of Durham.

In late May 2019, after a request by the Ministry of the Solicitor General (Ontario), the Ontario Civilian Police Commission issued an order that appointed a retired Toronto deputy chief, Mike Federico, as administrator to oversee the force during the OCPC investigation[2] after some of the senior ranks were alleged to have been corrupt and of an abuse of power. As of May 24, 2019, none of the allegations had been proven.[3][4] Federico’s responsibilities were to include "approving promotions and overseeing all internal discipline".[5] The allegations were first brought to light in an April 19 report in the Toronto Star; at the time, a lawyer representing Chief Paul Martin said the allegations are "false and defamatory". [6]



DRPS is led by:

  • Chief of Police Paul Martin
  • Deputy Chief Todd Rollauer (operations)
  • Deputy Chief Dean Bertrim (operational support)
  • Chief Administrative Officer Stan MacLellan

Durham Regional Police Headquarters is in Whitby, Ontario at the Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters building with a 2014 budget of $177.68 million[7]

In October 2008, the Durham Regional Police Service was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, it was also named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.[8]

Durham Regional Police is a member of OALEP.

Police senior officersEdit

The day-to-day and regional operations are commanded by senior officers:

  • Superintendent
  • Inspector-duty inspector
  • Civilian directors and managers

Police officersEdit

  • Detective sergeant
  • Staff sergeant
  • Detective
  • Sergeant
  • Detective constable
  • Senior constable
  • Constable - 1st class
  • Constable - 2nd class
  • Constable - 3rd class
  • Constable - 4th class
  • Special court constables
Durham Regional Police vehicle and officers participating in a 2014 pride parade

Operational support unitsEdit

In 2016, the Durham Regional Police Service had an authorized strength of 871 sworn members and 304 civilians.[9]

Some of the units within the force are:

  • Air support unit
  • Auxiliary unit (auxiliary constable)
  • Canine unit
  • Case management unit
  • Central cellblock unit
  • Communications-911 unit
  • Community services unit
  • Corporate communications unit
  • Courts unit
  • Crime analysis unit
  • Diversity unit
  • Domestic violence investigative unit
  • Drug enforcement unit
  • E-crimes unit
  • Emergency measures/labour liaison unit
  • Explosive disposal unit
  • Facilities management unit
  • Financial services unit
  • Firearms unit
  • Fleet services unit
  • Forensic identification unit
  • Fraud unit
  • Freedom of information unit
  • Gun and gang unit
  • General occurrence auditing unit
  • Health, wellness and safety unit
  • Homicide unit
  • Hostage negotiators
  • Human resources unit
  • Information technology unit
  • Legal services unit
  • Marine unit
  • Major incident command
  • Mental health unit
  • Offender management unit
  • Patrol support unit
  • Polygraph unit
  • Prisoner transport unit
  • Professional standards unit
  • Property unit
  • Public order unit
  • Quality assurance unit
  • Regional youth unit
  • Robbery unit
  • Records unit
  • Senior support unit
  • Sexual assault and child abuse unit
  • Strategic planning unit
  • Surveillance unit
  • Tactical support unit
  • Technical services section
  • Threat assessment unit
  • Traffic services branch
  • Victim services unit
  • Volunteer unit
  • Warrant liaison unit

Policing divisionsEdit

The force is organized into several divisions

  • West Division. Serving Ajax and Pickering
  • Central West Division. Serving Whitby and Western Oshawa
  • Central East Division. Serving Oshawa
  • East Division. Serving Clarington, Oshawa and Scugog
  • North Division. Serving Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge

Durham Regional Police is one of two Greater Toronto Area police forces with air capability (York Regional Police, excluding Ontario Provincial Police).

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service Notes
Bell Helicopters 206 JetRanger   Canada utility 1 - AIR1

Some vehicles bear the motto "Leaders in Community Safety".


The DRP crest is used on vehicles, headgear and uniforms, and consists of St. Edward's Crown over a round blue shield with the legend "Durham Regional Police" in white, encircling a red maple leaf overlaid with gold scales of justice. The crest is based on that of the former City of Oshawa police department, with the maple leaf and scales replacing the city's coat of arms.

Officers are issued Glock. 40 caliber pistols.[10]

Tactical support unitEdit

TSU is responsible for handling dangerous situations not handled by regular uniformed officers. The Durham Regional Police TSU also has a mutual-aid agreement with the York Regional Police Emergency Response Unit. In the event of a large-scale event, or a callout that could take a significant amount of time, both departments provide assistance to one another.

Marine unitEdit

The marine unit is responsible for the enforcement of three bodies of water in the region Lake Ontario, Lake Scugog, and Lake Simcoe the area of and around Beaverton, Thorah Island and parts of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Members of the marine unit are specially trained for marine enforcement and rescue duties, including ice rescue. The unit is attached to the traffic enforcement unit.

The Durham Regional Police Marine Unit also has a mutual aid agreement with the Toronto Police, for Lake Ontario as well as side-scan sonar and ROV. and with the York Regional Police for Lake Simcoe as well as side-scan sonar and diver services. In the event of a large-scale event, or a call-out that could take a significant amount of manpower, these police services provide mutual assistance to one another.

The Marine Unit consists of four officers. {two full-time summer, one part-time, as well as a part-time sergeant.

Additional SAR support provided by Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association, Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Forces 424 Squadron (air support from CFB Trenton).[11]


  • a 26-foot Zodiac RHIB (2011) with two 200 hp Mercury outboard engines - transported by trailer to Lake Scugog and Lake Simcoe
  • a 34-foot Hike Metal Products patrol with two 260 hp supercharged diesel Volvo engines, search and rescue vessel (2004) - named "David Edwards"

See alsoEdit

Durham Regional Police is part of Durham Region's Emergency Services and works with:


  1. ^ "Regional Municipality of Durham Growth Monitoring - Current Growth Trends".
  2. ^ "Province launches investigation into Durham police chief, police services board".
  3. ^ "Ex-Toronto deputy police chief to step in".
  4. ^ "Province appoints administrator to oversee Durham police in wake of corruption allegations".
  5. ^ "Provincial watchdog to probe Durham police, citing 'crisis of confidence' in top brass".
  6. ^ "Administrator appointed to oversee parts of Durham Regional Police amid watchdog investigation".
  7. ^ "Final Recommendations Regarding The 2007 Regional Business Plans and Property Tax Budgets" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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