Halton Regional Police Service

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Halton Regional Police Service
Logo of the Halton Regional Police Service
Motto Progress through participation
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Oakville, ON
Sworn members 721
Unsworn members 350
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive Stephen J. Tanner, Chief of Police
Districts 3

The Halton Regional Police Service provides policing service for the Regional Municipality of Halton, which is located at the south western end of the Greater Toronto Area, in Ontario, Canada, bordering the City of Hamilton to the west and the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton to the east. Halton Region encompasses the City of Burlington and the Towns of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. The Halton Regional Police Service has over 1050 employees which include 721 sworn police officers and approximately 350 civilian and volunteer members. The force is responsible for policing a population of approximately 540,000 people in an area covering 967 square kilometers.

The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer of the Halton Regional Police Service. The position belongs to Stephen J. Tanner, who began his term on September 1, 2012 and was sworn in on September 4.


Halton Regional Police Service was established in tandem with the creation of the Regional Municipality of Halton on January 1, 1974. It incorporated the former police services of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills and first consisted of 205 officers and 45 civilians. The Ontario Provincial Police continued to police the remainder of the Region until 1975, when the Regional Force had expanded to the point where it could assume responsibility for the entire area.

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This is a picture of a Halton Regional Police car with the black and white color scheme parked at a crime scene.


  • St. Edward's Crown
  • ribbon containing Halton's motto Progress Through Participation
  • the shield is based on the one for Halton Region
  • Trillium - official flower of Ontario
  • wreath of golden leaves


The HRPS divides the region into five divisions (police stations) within three districts and one head office.


Chief Stephen J. Tanner

Deputy Chief Carol Crowe - Regional Operations

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah - District Operations

  • 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

District 1

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12 Division of the Halton Regional Police.

Commanded by Superintendent Chris Perkins, Inspector John Van Der Leslie and Inspector Ivan L'Ortye

  • 10 Division - (Queen Street Substation) 315 Queen Street, Acton
  • 11 Division - 217 Guelph Street, Georgetown
  • 12 Division - 490 Childs Drive, Milton

District 2

Commanded by Superintendent Roger Wilkie and Inspector Brad Brand

  • 20 Division - 95 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville

District 3

Commanded by Superintendent Al Albano and Inspector Bob Gourley

  • 30 Division - 3800 Constable Henshaw Boulevard, Burlington

Rank structure

Commanding Officers

  • Chief Of Police
  • Deputy Chief of Operations
  • Deputy Chief of Administration

Senior Police Officers

  • Superintendent
  • Inspector

Police Officers

  • Staff Sergeant / Detective Sergeant
  • Sergeant / Detective
  • Police Constable / Detective Constable

Cadet Program

HRPS has opened up its Cadet Program, targeting residents between the ages of 18 to 24. This program gives valuable experience to cadets while taking pressure from the front-line constables.

They have the following desired qualifications for Cadets:

  • Between the ages of 19-24
  • Resident of Halton Region or within 50km of the area
  • Recent post-secondary graduate or in the last semester or post-secondary education, with graduation in Spring, 2015



  • Homicide Unit
  • Domestic Violence Investigative Unit
  • Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit (CASA)
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Firearms Unit
  • Internet Child Exploitation (ICE)
  • Fraud/Arson Unit
  • Integrated Drug, Gun and Gang Unit (IDGGU)
  • Human Trafficking and Vice Unit
  • Polygraph
  • Intelligence Bureau
  • Forensic Identification Services

Emergency Services

  • Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU)
  • K-9 (strength: 6 dogs, 6 handlers)
  • Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU)
  • Marine Unit (Marine Unit)
  • Ground Search and Rescue
  • Crisis Negotiators

Community Policing

  • District Response Unit (DRU)
  • Strategic Support Team (SST)
  • Diversity
  • High School Liaison
  • Village Constable
  • D.A.R.E
  • Auxiliary Police (Auxiliary Constable)
  • C.O.A.S.T Mental Health Support Team

Investigators are also assigned at the District level to the Criminal Investigation Bureau which investigates crimes against persons and property.

Community policing philosophy

HRPS is widely known as one of the first and also the most progressive community policing services in Canada with its strong emphasis on the community, with the idea for transformation of the organization being conceived in 1984. Community policing in the Halton region is a philosophy based on the concept that police officers and private citizens work together, in partnership, resulting in creative ways to solve contemporary community problems related to crime, fear of crime, social and physical order, and neighborhood decay. In recent years the Halton Regional Police have incorporated an intelligence-led policing strategy which is built around risk assessment and risk management, utilizing analysis in crime trends to effect an appropriate policing response.

Special Investigations Unit

The actions of police officers in the Province of Ontario are overseen by the Special Investigations Unit of Ontario, a civilian agency responsible for investigating circumstances involving police and civilians that have resulted in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault. The SIU is dedicated to maintaining one law, ensuring equal justice before the law among both the police and the public.[1] Their goal is to ensure that the criminal law is applied appropriately to police conduct, as determined through independent investigations, increasing public confidence in the police services.[2]

Complaints involving police conduct that do not result in a serious injury or death must be referred to the appropriate police service or to another oversight agency, such as the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services.[3]

Fleet and weapons

  • Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
  • Ford Expedition
  • Dodge Caravan (Summons Unit)
  • Mini Cooper (D.A.R.E. Program)
  • Volkswagen Beetle (D.A.R.E. Program)
  • Dodge Charger Police Cruiser
  • Ford Taurus Police Interceptor
  • Ford Explorer Police Utility
  • Intrepid Vehicles Mobile Command Unit
  • Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber pistol also known as the Military and Police 40- 600 ordered in 2008 as standard side arm for frontline officers[4]
  • Colt Canada C8A2 Patrol Carbine


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