Percy Sherwood (police officer)

Colonel Sir Arthur Percy Sherwood, KCMG MVO ADC (March 18, 1854 – October 15, 1940) was the Commissioner of Police of the Dominion Police in Canada.[1]

Sir Arthur Percy Sherwood

Percy Sherwood was born in Ottawa and educated at the Ottawa Grammar School. [2]

Sherwood was instrumental in the development of intelligence and security in Canada in the late 19th century through the early 20th century.[3] He was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Carleton County, June, 1877; Chief of Police of the City of Ottawa, April, 1870: Superintendent of Dominion Police, October, 1882 ; and Commissioner of same, November, 1885. Chief Commissioner of Dominion Police (1885-1919).

Sherwood served in the militia of Canada with the Governor General's Foot Guards and eventually commanding the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles.[4]


  1. ^ Who's who in Canada, Volumes 6-7. International Press Limited. 1914. p. 526.
  2. ^ Lisgar Alumni Association. A History of the Ottawa Collegiate Institute, 1843-1903. 1904.
  3. ^ Ross, David (1988). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1873-1987. Osprey Publishing. pp. 48. ISBN 0-85045-834-X.
  4. ^ Chambers, Ernest J. (1903). A regimental history of the Forty-third Regiment, active militia of Canada. Canada: E.L. Ruddy. p. 82.