Kingston Police

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Kingston Police Force
Abbreviation KPF
Agency overview
Formed December 20, 1841
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 705 Division Street[1]
Sworn members 198[2] (As of 2010)
Civilians 59
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Agency executive Gilles M. Larochelle, Chief of Police

The Kingston Police Force was established by the Common Council of Kingston on December 20, 1841 to control the lawlessness happening in the then Province of Canada capital of 8,500 inhabitants.

Current divisions of the Kingston Police Force include the Emergency Response Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit, Patrol Division, Community Response Unit, Traffic Safety, Criminal Investigations Division and the CORE (Community Oriented Response and Enforcement) Unit.[3]

Former Chiefs of Kingston Police[4]

Name Start of term End of term Notes
William J. Closs 1995 2008
William R. Hackett 1994 1995
Gerald S. Rice 1976 1994
Roland R. Smith 1974 1976
Robert W. Nesbitt 1959 1974
John T. Truaisch 1947 1959
Captain Robert J. Robinson 1919 1946
Robert Nesbitt 1918 1919 Irish national
William Baillie 1899 1918
Captain Edwin Horsey 1881 1899
Colonel S. B. Hance 1874 1881 An American who was appointed, despite much protest from locals
John Robb 1870 1874 Died in office
Robert Channonhouse 1849 1870 Previously a counsellor for the Ward of Ontario
Samuel Shaw 1840 1849 Before becoming Chief, Samuel Shaw was High Bailiff