QUEENS PARK – Crime – Chris D. Lewis has been reappointed as Commissioner and will continue to lead the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for the next three years.
Lewis was originally appointed OPP Commissioner on August 1, 2010. He joined the OPP in 1978 and was posted as a provincial constable in Kapuskasing. Over the past 35 years, he has served across the province in a variety of front-line and specialized positions.
OPP Commissioner Reappointed
“Commissioner Lewis has dedicated his career to serving and protecting the people of Ontario. I’m very pleased to announce his reappointment. I have the utmost confidence that the OPP is in very good hands with him as leader,”commented Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Among his many accomplishments, Lewis has overseen the creation of the Aboriginal Policing Bureau and studied Aboriginal government and law. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Ontario, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Before becoming Commissioner, Lewis served as Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations.
Promoting public safety is part of the Ontario government’s plan to support local communities and to keep families and neighbourhoods safe.
There are a growing number of communities, including Kenora where the OPP now have taken over from the former municipal service.
- The OPP was created in 1909, and Chris Lewis is the 13th Commissioner.
- The OPP has approximately 6,200 uniformed officers, 2,800 civilian employees, and 850 auxiliary members.