The Barrie Police Service has been in existence since 1853 and is proud to have the distinction of being the second oldest active police service in the Province of Ontario.

Police Patch

The patch of the Barrie Police Service is bordered in white and contains a masonry crown representing civic authority. On the crown are two wavy blue lines alluding to Barrie’s location on the lake, these are set over five interlacing gold lines representing the five major provincial highways that intersect Barrie.

The Barrie Police Service in partnership with the community is dedicated to serving the citizens of Barrie with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

Past Chiefs

1853 – 1888: Chief Joseph Rogers

1888 – 1923: Chief Robert King

1923 – 1924: Chief James Case

1924 – 1945: Chief Alander Stewart

1945: Chief B.B. Burtchael

1945: Acting Chief James Case

1946 – 1956: O.P.P. Contract Services

1956 – 1976: Chief Ed Tschirhart

1976 – 1985: Chief Earl Snider

1985 – 2000: Chief Jack Delcourt

2000 – 2010: Chief Wayne Frechette

2010 – 2013: Chief Mark Neelin

2013 – 2022: Chief Kimberley Greenwood

2022 – Present: Chief Rich Johnston

History of Policing in Barrie

We have seen many changes in leadership style, philosophy, and methodology in the last century and a half. In the early days of our Service (and virtually every police service in Ontario), new officers began their career walking foot patrol. There was only one patrol car and no radio system. Officers had to rely on red lights strategically located on top of hydro poles in the downtown core to notify them that their services were required.

With the arrival of the patrol car and the two-way radio, a new style of policing came into our community. This model of policing was known as the “Traditional or Professional” policing model. The telephone would ring and the police would respond. There were no proactive aspects. The patrol cars, two-way radios, and road supervisors permitted tighter control over individual police officers. Response times decreased and efficiency increased. The reactive style of policing did, however, have a downside. Officers became dissociated from the one-to-one relationship associated with Small Town Ontario.

Modern police services have now realized that they cannot succeed in meeting the needs of the community without the help of its citizens. Ontario police services have all adopted the “Community Based or Contemporary style policing” concept. Community policing is, in essence, a balance between community involvement in policing strategies and the retention of the ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergencies. The backbone of “Community policing” is the partnership between the community and the police.

Officers of the Barrie Police Service are proud of the number of partnerships that have been formed within our community; partnerships that have enhanced our ability to provide responsive and effective service. Today’s Barrie Police Service is committed to providing accountable, responsive, and cost-efficient policing services to the citizens of our City, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have grown from one County Constable to a Service composed of 238 sworn police officers and 109 full-time civilian members. We remain “committed to our community”.

Source: Barrie Police Service Archives

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