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Vince Hawkes Named New OPP Commissioner

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Vince Hawkes Named New OPP Commissioner

Premier Kathleen Wynne Thanks Outgoing Commissioner Chris Lewis

Office of the Premier

Vince Hawkes will become the new Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Since joining the OPP in 1984, Commissioner Hawkes moved progressively through a variety of senior positions, most recently as Deputy Commissioner, Field Operations. In this role, he has been responsible for the OPP Field Operations Command, which provides services to more than 300 communities across the province.

Vince Hawkes previously served as the Provincial Commander of Investigations and Organized Crime. He gained national recognition for his involvement in a number of committees on organized crime, and led the development of a national strategy.

Commissioner Hawkes is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He takes over from outgoing Commissioner Chris Lewis.

Quick Facts

  • Vince Hawkes’s appointment is effective March 29, 2014.
  • Hawkes becomes Ontario's 14th OPP Commissioner.
  • Vince Hawkes has received the Police Officer Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2010, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, in recognition of his exceptional service.

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“Commissioner Hawkes is a seasoned leader with 3 decades of exemplary service and I know that he will bring that experience, commitment and vision to his new role. I want to congratulate him on his appointment. I also want to thank outgoing Commissioner Chris Lewis for everything he has done to make our province safer and stronger.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Having worked with Vince Hawkes closely for the past couple of years, I know the depth of his integrity and the passion he has for policing and community safety. Commissioner Lewis’s leadership and experience will be missed, but I know Vince will fill the role well and make all Ontarians proud.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services



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