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Paul Martin retires as Durham Chief of Police

On the occasion of his retirement, the Police Services Board yesterday thanked Chief Paul Martin for his dedication and leadership to the DRPS over the last 30 years.

Todd Rollauer takes over as Durham Interim Police Chief.

“During his tenure as Chief of Police over the last six and half years, the DRPS has achieved many operational successes, and the organization is well-positioned to meetthe community safety challenges in the years ahead,” stated Chair of Board, Kevin Ashe. “Chief Martin has guided the Durham Regional Police through a period of significant change in policing and increased public expectations, and he should be proud of his leadership accomplishments.”

Since his appointment in 2014, Chief Martin prioritized the establishment of better relations with the diverse communities of Durham Region. He earned the trust and respect of community leaders for the organizational partnerships that he nurtured, and the collaborative approaches that he instilled have enabled the DRPS to enhance public confidence and provide effective services. Durham Connect, a multi-agency partnership led by the DRPS and spearheaded by Chief Martin, has assisted hundreds of individuals and families at high risk of harm since its inception in 2015, said a board statement.

With the support and trust of his senior police colleagues across the Province, Chief Martin also participated as a member and Chair of Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO) during the period 2015-2020. CISO, a partnership of law enforcement agencies across the province to combat organized crime, achieved many goals during Chief Martin’s tenure, including numerous drug and gun seizures and successful investigations targeting human trafficking, it said.

Many continuous improvement initiatives have been adopted by the DRPS over the last several years, and these changes have strengthened internal efficiency and helped the DRPS to become a more responsive, innovative and community-oriented Police Service.

“The success of these initiatives can be attributed to Chief Martin’s leadership, and the board is grateful that the strategies he deployed and his focus on evidence-based decision-making will pay dividends for our community in the years to come,” added Chair Ashe.

The board wished Chief Martin and his family much happiness and success in the future.

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