New Deputy Chief of Police in South Simcoe

At its Board meeting on Monday, the BWG/Innisfil Police Services
Board announced the appointment of Robin McElary-Downer as Deputy Chief of
Police, effective May 1st, 2017.

“The Board is pleased to appoint Robin McElary-Downer as Deputy Chief,”
said Board Chair, Rod Hicks. “Robin brings proven experience in strategic
management, leadership and will be an asset to the organization as we
continue to provide excellent police service.”

Robin McElary-Downer currently serves as the Commissioner’s Chief
Adjudicator for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). With over 36 years in
policing, McElary-Downer began her career with the OPP in 1981 as a
Constable. Since that time, she has also served in field operations,
corporate roles, investigation sectors, Commander for several detachments,
Manager of the First Nations Policing Section, Director of Investigations
under the auspices of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and
headed the Queen’s Park Detachment with the Protective Services Bureau. In
addition, McElary-Downer is the current Chair of the Ontario Association of
Chiefs of Police, Hearing Officer Committee and the past Chair of the
Emergency Management Committee. She continues to serve the Office of the
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as Deputy Chief Aide-de-Camp.

“I am honoured and privileged to join the South Simcoe Police,” said
incoming Deputy Police Chief, Robin McElary-Downer. “I’m excited about
enhancing the many existing positive relationships between the Service and
its two communities. I look forward to building on the Service’s past
achievements in community safety and continuing to encourage its high
standards of performance and commitment to continuous improvement to meet
the demands of the future.”

McElary-Downer has been the recipient of several awards and commendations
including the Governor General of Canada Order of Merit of Police Forces,
the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee medals, and both the Ontario and
International Association of Women Law Enforcement awards for Officer of
the Year. Recently, McElary-Downer and her husband, a retired
Superintendent from the Peel Regional Police, moved to the village of
Gilford. They spend their spare time boating in the summer, snowmobiling in
the winter and riding their motorcycles whenever weather permits.

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