Peel Regional Police Hire New Chief of Police

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The Peel Regional Police service now has a new chief following the retirement of former Chief Jennifer Evans. 

Today (Aug 2), the Peel Regional Police Service Board announced that Halton Deputy Chief of District Operations Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah has been selected as the incoming chief of Peel Regional Police. 

Deputy Chief Duraiappah will take on this new role effective October 1, 2019.

Peel police say Duraiappah comes to Peel Region from Halton, where he has acted as deputy chief since 2015. 

He has served in law enforcement for nearly 25 years in a variety of roles, including the Regional Drug & Morality Bureau, the Guns & Gangs Unit, and District Criminal Investigations. 

The board says he has worked with federal counterparts on the RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and shown a strong commitment to many of the region's diverse cultural and faith-based communities in his capacity as Halton Police Diversity and Cultural Relations Coordinator.

"Deputy Chief Duraiappah represents the next generation of leadership for the police service," said Nando Iannicca, Chair of the Peel Police Service Board. "The community we all serve expects nothing less than the highest degree of duty and integrity - the very qualities we saw in Deputy Chief Duraiappah during the hiring process."

The Board has spent the past seven months interviewing numerous candidates for the position of Chief. Duraiappah will become only the second police chief in Peel Region to be hired externally.

"It's truly an honour to serve the over 3000 members of the Peel Regional Police Service as their Chief," said Duraiappah. "As a team, we look forward to serving this remarkable and diverse community for many years to come."

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also welcomed Duraiappah to the police service. 

"I am thrilled to be welcoming Nish Duraiappah as Peel Regional Police's new Chief of Police. With more than 25 years of experience, Nish brings a wealth of experience that will help modernize PRP and ensure that Mississauga remains one of the safest cities in Canada," Crombie said. 

"Nish represents the next generation of leadership for the police service. This is a historic hire with only one other Chief in PRP's history recruited from outside the force." 

Crombie and the board also thanked outgoing interim Chief Chris McCord for his steady leadership during the hiring process. 

Chris McCord will remain within the service as a deputy chief.

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