New Regional police chief spent 16 formative years with the Halton Police service. Left to polish his resume and is now the top cop.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  June 29, 2012  Stephen J. Tanner will become the next chief of the Halton Regional Police Service.

For Tanner it is a bit of coming home.  He takes office on September 1, 2012.   Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher will continue as Acting Chief during this transition period supported by Deputy Chief Bob Percy and Acting Deputy Chief Marty Power.

Earlier this month Tanner was elected President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for a one year term.

Local boy leaves home; does well and returns to become the new sheriff. Gets a new uniform and a car with a siren. Steve Tanner is the new Halton Regional Service chief of police.

Chief Designate Tanner has an extensive record of leadership as Chief of Police in Kingston since November 2008, and Belleville Chief from January 2002 to November 2008.  Steve Tanner is no stranger to the Halton Region; he was born and raised in Oakville.

Following his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 (Science & Psychology) from the University of Guelph, Steve Tanner joined the Halton Regional Police Service as a Constable in Burlington.

Over his formative 16 years with Halton Police, his career progressed through a variety of operational and supervisory responsibilities leading to his promotion to Acting Staff Sergeant prior to his selection as the Deputy Chief of Police of the Guelph Police Service.  In March 2000, he was selected as Deputy Chief for the Belleville Police Service and in January 2002 he was appointed as their Chief.  In November 2008 he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Kingston Police Service.

The Burlington that Steve Tanner left in 1998 isn’t all that different to what he is coming back to – his pay cheque will be the biggest change for him

The Halton Regional Police Services Board is the governing body for the Halton Regional Police Service and is comprised of seven members.  The provincial appointees are: Bob Maich, Board Chair; Andrew Tyrrell, and Marion Yee; Randy Hammell, Vice-Chair, a citizen appointee made by Regional Council; Mayor Rob Burton, Regional Councillor and Mayor of Oakville; Rick Craven, Regional and Burlington Councillor; and Jeff Knoll, Regional and Oakville Councillor.  Oversight and financial accountability for the police service rests with the citizen based Police Services Board.


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