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New OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes

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New OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes

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Vince Hawkes joined the OPP in 1984 as a Constable in East Region.

Since then, he has served in many areas, including general law enforcement, traffic, crime and the Technical Identification Services Unit. He spent 11 years as a Forensic Specialist and was the first member of the OPP to be certified as a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst.

Hawkes was appointed Deputy Commissioner in August 2006 and in November 2010 became responsible for the OPP Field Operations Command. In this role, he provided executive leadership across the OPP to support policing in 324 municipalities and an area covering 942,405 square kilometres.

Prior to November 2010, Commissioner Hawkes served as Provincial Commander of Investigations and Organized Crime, which includes responsibility for specialty services and criminal investigations. His involvement in a number of different committees on public safety, counter-terrorism and organized crime has gained him recognition across the province and beyond.

Commissioner Hawkes has a Baccalaureate in Science from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, the Police Leadership Program and the international Leadership in Counter Terrorism program.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Director with both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

As the new OPP Commissioner, Vince Hawkes will lead one of the largest deployed police services in North America. The OPP has approximately 6,200 uniformed officers, 2,800 civilian employees and 850 Auxiliary members.

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