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DRPS names interim police chief

DRPS names interim police chief


DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM: The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has found an interim replacement for retiring police chief Paul Martin. Deputy Chief Todd Rollauer will take over as interim police chief, on September 12th. “Deputy Chief Rollauer is recognized for his collaborative leadership, and his calm, confident and strategic manner has earned him a superior reputation with the membership of the DRPS and across the community,” Kevin Ashe, Chair of the Durham Police Service board said, in a press release. “He has the knowledge, experience, and character to excel in this role.” The new interim police chief stated his excitement with holding this leadership role. “It is an honour to accept this appointment and to serve our community as Interim Chief of Police,” Deputy Chief Rollauer stated, in a statement. “The women and men of the DRPS are second to none, and I am privileged to be chosen to lead them in this capacity.” In the coming months, the police service will begin their search to fill the police chief position permanently. “The first step in this process will be to seek the assistance of an independent recruitment firm, and a competitive process, to choose the firm, will be launched in the Autumn. A comprehensive consultation phase, on the selection criteria for the Chief of Police, will then occur. The Board, with the support of the chosen recruitment firm, will seek the input of: DRPS members; partner agencies; community representatives, including representatives of our diverse communities, on the skills, experience and attributes necessary for the Chief of Police to succeed,” read a Durham police services board press release. However, Deputy Chief Rollauer is not an option for that full-time role. “Deputy Chief Rollauer has advised the Board that he is unable to make the long-term commitment to the Chief of Police position, and therefore he will not be participating in this competitive process,” read the press release. In early July, Chief Martin announced his intention to retire this September. Chief Martin began working for DRPS in 1990. He was appointed the service’s Deputy Chief in 2012 and was named Police Chief in 2014. Prior to becoming Chief, Mr. Martin also served on the DRPS’ Tactical Support, Nuclear Security and Human Resources units.

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