Durham Regional Police Service

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Durham Regional Police Service
Logo of the Durham Regional Police Service
Motto Leaders in Community Safety
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Whitby, Ontario
Sworn members 957[1]
Unsworn members 298
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive Paul Martin, Chief of Police
Divisions 5 Stations
6 Transit Districts
7 Housing Police Service Areas
Police cars 1,976
Police boats 5
Helicopters 11
Horses 105
Dogs 36 German Shepherds
18 Bloodhounds
Official website

The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) is the police service operated by and serving the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, Canada. The force serves the following local municipalities, with a combined population of 589,850:[2]

The DRPS and York Regional Police are the only two police forces in the Greater Toronto Area with air support.

The DRPS was formed in 1974 through the amalgamation of a number of local police forces in the area, coincident with the establishment of the Regional Municipality of Durham.


DRPS is led by:

  • Chief of Police Paul Martin
  • Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes (Operations)
  • Deputy Chief (TBA)(Operational Support)
  • Chief Administrative Officer Stan MacLellan

Durham Regional Police Headquarters is in Whitby, Ontario at the Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters building with a 2014 budget of $177.68 million[3]

In October 2008, the Durham Regional Police Service was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, it was also named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.[4]

Durham Regional Police is a member of O.A.L.E.P..

Police senior officers

The day-to-day and regional operations are commanded by senior officers:

  • Superintendent
  • Inspector / Duty Inspector
  • Civilian Directors and Managers

Police officers

  • Detective Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Detective
  • Sergeant
  • Detective Constable
  • Senior Constable
  • Constable - 1st Class
  • Constable - 2nd Class
  • Constable - 3rd Class
  • Constable - 4th Class
  • Special Court Constables
Durham Regional Police vehicle and officers participating in a 2013 gay pride parade.

Operational support units

In 2014, the Durham Regional Police Service had an authorized strength of 871 sworn members and 306 civilians.[5]

Some of the units within the force are:

  • Air Support Unit
  • Auxiliary Unit (Auxiliary Constable)
  • Bail and Parole Unit
  • Canine Unit
  • Case Management Unit
  • Crime Analysis Unit
  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • Drug Enforcement Unit
  • E-Crimes Unit
  • Explosive Disposal Unit
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Services
  • Fleet Services
  • Forensic Identification Unit
  • Guns and Gangs Enforcement Unit
  • General Occurrence Auditing Unit
  • Homicide Unit
  • Hostage Negotiators
  • Human Resources
  • Human Trafficking Unit
  • Information Technology Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Major Incident Command
  • Major Fraud Unit
  • Offender Management Unit
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Public Order Unit
  • Regional Alternate Response Unit
  • Robbery Unit
  • Records Unit
  • Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Unit
  • Surveillance Unit
  • Tactical Support Unit
  • Technical Services
  • Threat Assessment Unit
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit
  • Traffic Collision Unit
  • Victim Services Unit

Policing divisions

The force is organized into several police offices:

  • West Division. Serving Ajax/Pickering
  • Central West Division. Serving Whitby and North Oshawa
  • Central East Division. Serving Oshawa
  • East Division. Serving Clarington
  • North Division. Serving Brock, Scogog, Uxbridge


DRPS's fleet of vehicles consists of the following:

Make Origin In service Notes
Chevrolet Impala cruiser  Canada
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor cruiser  Canada
Harley-Davidson FLHTP motorcycle  United States
Hike34' Patrol Boat  Canada 1 Marine Unit
Zodiac Marine & Pool RHIB  France/ Canada Marine Unit
Chevrolet Tahoe SUV  United States General Patrol
Chevrolet Tahoe SUV  United States Marine Unit
2013-15 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV  Canada
RG-31 Nyala Mk3A Tactical Rescue Vehicle  Canada/ United States 1 Donated by General Dynamics[6] for use by the Tactical Response Unit
Ford E-series vans  Canada  ? Various - Forensic Identification Unit, Prisoner transport, Tactical Unit
Chevrolet Silverado pickup  Canada Community Safety
Chevrolet Kodiak  United States
Chevrolet Uplander  United States Community Services
Chevrolet Astro  United States Utility van
Volkswagen Beetle  Mexico Community Safety
Arctic Cat Recreation Mid-size 4x4 ATV  United States Off road use
Winnebago Vista  United States 1 Mobile Command Unit

Durham Regional Police is one of two Greater Toronto Area police forces with air capability (York Regional Police, excluding Ontario Provincial Police).

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service Notes
Bell Helicopters 206 JetRanger  Canada utility 1 - AIR1

Some vehicles bear the motto Leaders in Community Safety.


The DRP crest is used on vehicles, headgear and uniforms, and consists of St. Edward's Crown over a round blue shield with the legend "Durham Regional Police" in white, encircling a red maple leaf overlaid with gold scales of justice. The crest is based on that of the former City of Oshawa police department, with the maple leaf and scales replacing the city's coat of arms.

Tactical Support Unit

T.S.U is responsible for handling dangerous situations not handled by regular uniformed officers. The Durham Regional Police T.S.U also has a mutual aid agreement with the York Regional Police Emergency Response Unit. In the event of a large scale event, or a call out that could take a significant amount of time, both departments provide assistance to one another.

Marine Unit

The Marine Unit is responsible for the enforcement of three bodies of water in the region: Lake Ontario, Lake Scugog, and Lake Simcoe (the area of and around Beaverton, Thorah Island and parts of the Trent-Severn Waterway). Members of the Marine Unit are specially trained for marine enforcement and rescue duties, including ice rescue. The unit is attached to the traffic enforcement unit.

The Durham Regional Police Marine Unit also has a mutual aid agreement with the Toronto Police, for Lake Ontario as well as side-scan sonar and R.O.V. and with the York Regional Police for Lake Simcoe as well as side-scan sonar and diver services. In the event of a large-scale event, or a call-out that could take a significant amount of manpower, these police services provide mutual assistance to one another.

The Marine Unit consists of 4 officers. {2 full-time summer, 1 part-time, as well as a part-time sergeant.}


  • Zodiac RHIB (2011)
  • 34-foot Hike Metal Products patrol, search and rescue vessel (2004) - named "David Edwards"

See also

Durham Regional Police is part of Durham Region's Emergency Services and works with:


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