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York regional police chief's contract extended, extra deputy chief to be hired
Eric Jolliffe has been top cop since 2010; third deputy chief coming on board

June 5, 2018
Tim Kelly

York region police Chief Eric Jolliffe will be around to serve the citizens of York Region as the head of the police service until at least September 2019.

The chief, who was appointed in 2010, has had his contract extended to Sept. 9, 2019.

In a news release, the police service said the contract extension will allow Jolliffe to complete a “significant restructuring of the organization.”

Jolliffe will soon complete 40 years in policing and has received the Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces, Police Exemplary Service Medal and 30 Year Bar, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

As well, Deputy Chief Andre Crawford has been reappointed to the position of deputy chief for a two-year term ending Nov. 6, 2020. He was first appointed to his position in 2013.

The police board has also approved the addition of a third deputy chief of police to “support the growing safety and security needs of York Region citizens and to address the increasing complexities of the police operating environment.”

Virginia Hackson, York Regional Police Services board chair and mayor of East Gwillimbury said the contract extensions and addition of a deputy chief “will position our police service to deal with … significant change to policing over the coming years … and to continue to provide safe communities to our citizens.”