Halton Police Board announces two new Deputy Chiefs of Police; both hired from within the service.

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September 28, 2015


Police Services Board Chair, Oakville Mayor R. Burton announced today that two Halton Superintendents were selected as the Police Service’s next Deputy Chiefs of Police.

Superintendent Carol Crowe, the current Commander of 2 District (Oakville) and Superintendent Nishan Duraiappah who is in charge of the Services’ Office of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Management were appointed by the Police Services Board at a special meeting held on September 25.
In making the announcement, Board Chair Mayor Burton expressed extreme pleasure with the calibre of talent the successful candidates bring to their roles. He also noted that an internal/external search was conducted and is proud that the Board was able to promote members of the Halton Regional Police Service to Deputy Chief.

Board Chair Mayor Burton stated: “The Board and I are confident that Carol Crowe and Nish Duraiappah will maintain and build upon the legacy of excellence and integrity demonstrated by members of the Halton Regional Police Service which is expected by the citizens of Halton.”
Both Crowe and Duraiappah are residents of Halton and possess impressive skills.

Carol Crowe 2015 Deputy chief

Described a Councillor Jack Dennison as a “home grown” girl and a fine addition to the senior ranks of the Halton Regional Police Service as a Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Crowe joined the Halton Regional Police Service in October 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University and has taken numerous policing courses through the Canadian Police College. She has been assigned to various patrol and administrative bureaus within the Police Service, most recently as Commander of Oakville, Professional Standards, and Human Resources Services. She gives back to the community by serving as a Director on many not-for-profit community organizations.

Crowe said: “I am truly honoured to be appointed as Deputy Chief for the Halton Regional Police Service. Leading in a police organization has many challenges but I am confident that together with our dedicated team of sworn and civilian members, we will continue to provide our community with the effective police service they deserve. I look forward to continuing to build upon the positive relationships we share with our community and working together to ensure Halton remains a safe place for citizens to live, work and raise a family.”

Duraiappah Deputy chief

Nish Duraiappah got his first taste of police work when he took a PEACE (Police Ethnic and Cultural Education) Program course offered by the Halton Regional Police Service

Deputy Chief Duraiappah became interested in policing by attending the Service’s PEACE (Police Ethnic and Cultural Education) Program while in high school. He went on to complete a degree in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto, and is completing his Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He started his policing career in 1995 when he was hired by the Halton Regional Police Service. He has worked in numerous assignments such as Regional Drug and Morality Bureau, Diversity Coordinator and uniform and investigative roles. He was also involved in the establishment of the Region’s first Community Mobilization and Engagement Strategy collaborative hub which is being implemented across all Districts. He also is involved in many community initiatives both locally and internationally and recently returned from a short term mission to Haiti to assist in their rebuilding projects.

“I am honoured and proud to accept this new and challenging role with the Halton Regional Police Service. I’m looking forward to working with our service members, leadership team, Police Services Board and the many community members and organizations who contribute to this being one of the safest communities in Canada. Without a doubt, our citizens should know that they are policed by some of the best police officers and civilians within the field of policing – this is what makes me proud, and allows us to continue to lead community safety initiatives and meet the needs of our changing community” said Duraiappah.


Chief Tanner now has two deputy chiefs from within the ranks of the police service he commands.

Chief Steve Tanner said: “As Chief of Police I am extremely proud of our two new Deputy Chiefs and I want to congratulate them on their success. I very much look forward to working with both of them on our senior executive team as we prepare the Halton Regional Police Service for the challenges of the future. We have a collective opportunity to further our tremendous organizational successes and to continue to identify and implement strategies to make us increasingly effective and efficient. I am confident that both Deputy Chiefs Crowe and Duraiappah possess the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes to contribute significantly to the future success of the Service, and in doing so to the safety and security of all we serve.”

The Swearing In Ceremony for Deputy Chiefs Crowe and Duraiappah will take place on October 9th.

The Halton Regional Police Services Board is a seven member civilian Board that oversees the Halton Regional Police Service. Under the Police Services Act, the Police’s fundamental responsibility is to ensure adequate and effective police services are provided to the citizens of Halton Region. The board is also responsible for the Police Service operating and capital budgets; strategic planning; policies and priorities.

What is particularly commendable is the promoting of female officers to the very senior ranks and placing members from diverse communities in these roles as well. That Superintendent Duraiappah got his start in policing due to a course offered by the |Region when he was a young man and then went on to become part of the senior level of the police command speaks well of the level of community involvement the Halton Police Service has made one of its hallmarks.

Hiring from within is not a bad practice – but new blood is important.  Halton does not want to become known as a police service that never brings in “outsiders”.

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