THUNDER BAY – In addition to changes with the Thunder Bay Police Service, there are also changes at the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Commissioner Chris Lewis has named former Chief Superintendent Scott Tod as the new Deputy Commissioner for the OPP Investigations and Organized Crime command.
Deputy Commissioner Tod brings 28 years of policing experience to the position including extensive cross-command experience through various postings and locations across the province, most recently as the Regional Commander for the OPP’s Northeast Region.
“The newest member of our executive team will ensure the OPP continues to be recognized internationally as a leader in the delivery of criminal investigative services that meet the needs of Ontario’s diverse communities,” said Commissioner Lewis.
Deputy Commissioner Tod’s new command responsibilities include all specialized criminal investigation and support services including organized crime and drug enforcement, homicide and fraud investigations, behavioural sciences and intelligence functions.
“I am honoured to have been selected to be the Deputy Commissioner of the OPP Investigations and Organized crime command. It is a privilege to serve with the dedicated and competent members of the OPP and I look forward to building on our partnerships with other policing services in Ontario. Together we can all make our communities and the province a safer place to live and enjoy,” said Deputy Commissioner Tod.
Deputy Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes will now assume the role of Provincial Commander of Field Operations from his previous portfolio of Investigations and Organized Crime Command. Deputy Commissioner Hawkes is a highly respected leader, and his knowledge and expertise will continue to be of great benefit to the OPP in his capacity as Provincial Commander of Field Operations. In his new portfolio, Hawkes will be responsible for all of the OPP regional field operations and the Aboriginal Policing Bureau.
“I feel privileged to assume command of Field Operations and look forward to building upon the Intelligence Led Policing model with the focus on front line service delivery,” said Deputy Commissioner Hawkes.
Commissioner Lewis is positive about these executive changes. “The extensive first-hand experience that Deputy Commissioner Tod and Deputy Commissioner Hawkes have amassed will serve the organization well and ensure we are prepared for the many challenges ahead,” said Commissioner Lewis.