Commissioner Stepping Down from OPP
TORONTO – OPP Commissioner Lewis will retire. “I want to thank Commissioner Lewis for a lifetime of outstanding service over his long and distinguished career. He should be proud of the significant contribution he has made to ensuring Ontario remains safe, strong and prosperous,” commented Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Commissioner Lewis will retire from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on March 28, 2014. Lewis’ career spanned thirty-five years.
The Commissioner joined the OPP in 1978 beginning his career as a Provincial Constable in Kapuskasing.
Lewis served through his across the province in a variety of front-line, specialized and management positions. Among his accomplishments, Lewis is the first police officer to have been awarded all three levels of the Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces, presented by three successive Governors General.
The Ontario Government in a media statement says, “Since his appointment as OPP Commissioner in August 2010, Lewis has demonstrated professional integrity and personal leadership through a number of initiatives and investigations. He is responsible for creating and enhancing operational relationships with police leaders in Ontario, as well as at the national and international level, through the Ontario, Canadian and International Associations of Chiefs of Police. Commissioner Lewis has been educated in Aboriginal government and law and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute Program. He remains a strong advocate for community-based initiatives, including the United Way and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics”.