Change of Command Ceremony

from

Chief Kimberley Greenwood

to

Chief Rich Johnston

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Southshore Community Centre, Barrie

The Change of Command is a time-honoured ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming Chief of Police. The outgoing Chief, the Chair of the Police Services Board and the incoming Chief participate in this ceremony.

The Honour Guard presents the outgoing Chief with the symbol of command and authority — a silver sword. The Chief presents the sword to the Police Board Chair who is the civilian authority and, as such, is responsible for transferring command and authority to the incoming Chief to complete the transfer of command responsibility.

This is one of the most formal ceremonies conducted by the Police Service, signifying the end of one era and the beginning of the next.

Greg Ferguson

Chair, Barrie Police Services Board

 

Robert Thomson

Vice Chair, Barrie Police Services Board

 

His Worship Mayor Alex Nuttall

 

Arif Khan

Lynn Strachan

Danielle Hutchinson

Board Administrator

Program

Welcome

Constable Stephanie McKibbon

Honour Guard Procession

Smudging Ceremony

Barrie Native Friendship Center

Indigenous Drumming Group

Intertribal Peacekeeper Drumming Group

Land Acknowledgement

O Canada

Sung by Nicole Lees

Prayer of Invocation

Police Chaplain Craig Head

His Worship, Mayor Nuttall

Retiring Chief Kimberley Greenwood

Change of Command Ceremony

Swearing In

Justice Sarah Tarcza

Remarks – Sergeant John Brooks

Barrie Police Association President

Remarks – Greg Ferguson

Chair, Barrie Police Services Board

Chief Rich Johnston

Retiring Chief Kimberley Greenwood

Chief Greenwood started her policing career in 1981 with the Toronto Police Service and joined the Barrie Police Service as Chief in March 2013.

During her time in Barrie, Chief Greenwood served as President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Vice President of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. She is also Chair of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and past Chair of the Coalition of Children, Youth and Family, and sits on the Board of Governors Georgian College.

Chief Greenwood contributed significantly to the development of the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence, the National Framework for Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence, the creation of the Police Leadership Competency Framework, and the Collaborate Barrie Situation Table.

Chief Rich Johnston

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

Barrie Police Service

The Barrie Police Service originated in 1853 with the appointment of Joseph Rogers as Chief Constable. Today it continues as the second oldest police service in Ontario. The city of Barrie is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and is situated on the shores of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe.

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 more than 245 sworn police officers and 121 civilian members.

From

To

Chief

1853

1888

Chief Joseph Rogers

1888

1924

Chief Robert King

1924

1945

Chief Alexander Steward

1945

1956

O.P.P. contract services

1956

1976

Chief Ed Tschirhard

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

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