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Barrie Police Services Board


More information on the Barrie Police Services Board is available on our BPS Board page.

Barrie Police Services Board Members


Chair Greg Ferguson Vice-Chair
Robert Thomson
Council Appointment
Mayor Alex Nuttall
Provincial Appointment Arif Khan

Provincial Appointment

Lynn Strachan

Board Administrator
Sarah Young

Barrie Police Senior Administration

Chief of Police - Rich Johnston

Chief Rich Johnston was sworn in as the 10th Chief of the Barrie Police Service on December 22, 2022.

Chief Johnston has been with the Barrie Police Service since 1998, serving in a variety of roles throughout the Service, including uniform patrol, Tactical Support, Operational Support, and Investigative Services.

He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Queen’s University, a Master’s in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).

Chief Johnston joined the senior command in 2018 as an Inspector, and was appointed as Deputy Chief in 2021. In 2022, Chief Johnston received the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Leadership Award and was inducted into th

e Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at the Centre for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.

Deputy Chief of Police (Support) - Robert W. Allan

After 11 years with the Toronto Police Service, Deputy Chief Robert W. Allan joined the Barrie Police Service in May of 2000. Since then, he has served in a variety of roles gaining extensive experience across all areas of the Service.

Inspector Allan is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business – Police Leadership Program, a Critical Incident Commander, and a designated Hearing Officer under the Police Services Act. Inspector Allan is currently working towards a Master of Public Safety degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.

He is thankful to his wife and two sons for their ongoing support throughout the demands of 30+ years in a policing career.

Barrie Police Service – Civilian Managers

Human Resources - Steve Bound
  • Human Resources & Employment Unit
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Organizational Wellness
  • Health & Safety
  • Chaplaincy
  • Training Unit
Financial Systems - Ty Turner
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Payable & Receivable
  • Quartermaster
Information Systems - TJ Medlyn
  • Information Technology & Security Unit
  • Help Desk
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Application Support & Training
Records and Information Management Services - Nicole Lees
  • Records Unit

Barrie Police Service – Organizational Structure

Executive Services - Inspector Rob Burke

Executive Services is under the direction of Inspector Rob Burke. As the Barrie Police Service grows to meet the ever-changing needs of our increasing and diverse community, so too does the requirement to optimize our infrastructure and resources.

  • Professional Standards
  • Strategic Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Planning, Policy & Research
  • Property/Evidence Unit
  • Fleet/Infrastructure
Operational Support Services - Inspector Valarie Gates

Operational Support Services carefully manages resources to ensure effective and efficient service delivery. This Division also oversees important specialty units that support other areas of the service to ensure continued partnership with all members and all sectors of the community.

  • Community Services
  • Crime Prevention
  • Citizens On Patrol
  • Collaborate Barrie
  • Court Services
  • Tactical Support Unit (TSU)
  • Canine Unit
  • Traffic Services
  • Marine Unit
Investigative Services - Inspector Peter Dewsnap

Investigative Services is responsible for the investigation of major occurrences and criminal activities which cannot be concluded by members of Operational Services.

  • General Investigative Services
  • Crimes Against Persons Unit (C.A.P)
  • Homicide Unit
  • Intelligence Unit
  • Street Crime Unit
  • Fraud Unit
  • Biker Enforcement Unit
  • High-Risk Offender Unit
  • Internet Child Exploitation Unit (I.C.E)
  • Sex Offender Registry Unit
  • Forensic Identification Unit
Operational Services - Inspector Carl Moore

Members of Operational Services continually strive to provide a professional and efficient police service that meets the needs of our diverse community. This Division primarily consists of first responders for calls for service within the City of Barrie. These officers are responsible for the protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, and the enforcement of all Federal and Provincial Statutes, and some Municipal By-Laws.

  • Warrants
  • Alternative Response Unit (ARU)
  • Uniform Patrol
  • Community Response Unit (CRU)
  • Communications (Dispatch)
  • Auxiliary 
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