Greg Ferguson
Board Chair

A message from

the Board Chair

As the Chair of the Barrie Police Services Board, I am honoured to present the 2022 Annual Report of the Barrie Police Service.

The Annual Report is a way for us to share information with the community about the activities, investigations and resources within the Barrie Police Service. The report highlights the diversity of units that make up the Barrie Police Service and provides insight into how they all work together to provide policing excellence to ensure a safe and secure community. This past year brought big changes within our Service, as Chief Kimberley Greenwood announced her retirement and we were delighted to welcome Deputy Chief Rich Johnston on as the new Chief of Police. On behalf of the Board, we congratulate Chief Greenwood on her more than 40 years in policing and thank her for her 10 years of service in Barrie. We welcome Chief Johnston as he begins this new and exciting chapter in his career.

This historic change in leadership coincided with the completion of our 2020-2022 Barrie Police Service Strategic Plan. As we look forward to the future of the Service, we value the feedback we received from our community and our members and remain committed to ensuring our Service’s vision, mission, values, and priorities continue to reflect the needs of our community and support our city’s most vulnerable residents.

2022 also saw more than its share of tragedies. We remember the officers lost in the line of duty, including close to home in South Simcoe and we stand in solidarity with our membership and the larger policing family. The health and wellness of our members continues to be a priority under our new Strategic Plan and these events are a reminder that even in the midst of tragedy, we come together to support each other.  I am so proud of the way the entire Barrie Police Service supported our policing colleagues in times of unimaginable grief. We are reminded of the bravery and selflessness of our membership and front-line workers and thank them for all their hard work and sacrifices as they continue to remain committed to our community.

Greg Ferguson,

Chair, Police Services Board

Rich Johnston 
Chief of Police

A message from

the Chief of Police

As the Chief of Police for the Barrie Police Service, I am honoured to present the 2022 Annual Report. This report highlights the incredible work that our sworn and civilian members carry out every day to keep our community safe and serves as a snapshot in time as we reflect on how far we have come as a policing service.

Following the unprecedented years of the pandemic, 2022 was an exciting year for our Service as restrictions continued to be lifted and we were once again able to meet and collaborate in-person with our colleagues and community partners. This refreshed energy sparked many new initiatives in 2022 and created new opportunities through the lens of evidence-based research and data-driven decision making. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these programs as we continue to track their impact on the safety of our community.

In 2022 we were also excited to welcome a new group of experienced officers to our membership. Seven new officers joined the Barrie Police Service and bring with them their own unique policing experiences and training, as well as life experiences that the city of Barrie is fortunate to have. These experienced officers were quick to start engaging with our community and have a made a great addition to the Barrie Police team. We also look forward to the 14 cadets who were hired in 2022 and who will be officially sworn in early 2023.

Perhaps the most memorable change in 2022 was the retirement of my predecessor, Chief Kimberley Greenwood, who served as the Chief of the Barrie Police Service for the past ten years. I was honoured and humbled to have been chosen as her successor. She has left our Service with a solid foundation, and I know that whatever challenges and opportunities we will experience over the coming years, we have the skills, desire and determination to make meaningful change in the city of Barrie and within the Barrie Police Service. We will continue to work collaboratively to tackle the systemic barriers in our society and remain committed to keeping the city of Barrie a safe place to live, work and play.

Rich Johnston

Chief of Police

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