Barrie Police Service
On June 24, 2021 the Barrie Police Services Board was pleased to announce the appointment of Inspector Rich Johnston to the position of Deputy Chief–Operations Command.
Deputy Chief Johnston is currently responsible for Operational and Investigative Services which includes front-line response and specialized investigative units such as Homicide, Electronic Crimes and Crimes Against Persons. Deputy Chief Johnston continues to champion evidence-based policing practices throughout all areas of the Barrie Police Service and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing as the Director of Research.
After serving almost a year with the Ontario Provincial Police, Deputy Chief Johnston began his policing career with the Barrie Police Service in 1998 and has served in various roles throughout the Service, including Uniform Patrol, Tactical Support and Operational Support. Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he was the Inspector responsible for Investigative Services.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Philosophy from Queen’s University, a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge in England.