History of WRPS

The Waterloo Regional Police Service was established in 1973 following the amalgamation of communities in Waterloo County.

Prior to the amalgamation, the County of Waterloo was patrolled by a number of different police forces. The Cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Galt; Towns of Preston, Hespeler, Elmira and New Hamburg; the Village of Bridgeport and Waterloo Township all had their own police force. The Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot and North Dumfries were patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police.

In 1973, the Waterloo Region Police Force consisted of 330 officers and 48 civilian members, and policed a community of 265,273 people. There were seven detachments including: Kitchener, Galt, Waterloo, Preston, Hespeler, Elmira and New Hamburg.

In 1977, the Hespeler detachment was closed. When the new Cambridge detachment was completed in 1982, the Galt and Preston detachments moved to the new facility. Our name was changed from Waterloo Regional Police “Force” to Waterloo Regional Police “Service” in 1991.

Our Mission

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to strengthening public safety and quality of life by working in partnership with the community in crime prevention, law enforcement, and providing assistance to all those who need our help

Our Vision

Every person contributes to a safe Waterloo Region where current and future generations thrive.

Our Values

People and Partnerships

We are people focused, and everyone matters.  We support inclusion and value the diversity of our members and our community.  We recognize our police service benefits from and contributes much to partnerships, relationships, and collaboration.  We foster youth engagement, and provide compassionate assistance to victims.

Integrity and Respect

In everything we do, we respect others.  We conduct ourselves ethically, honestly, and professionally.  We demonstrate fair and consistent leadership while upholding the principles of justice. 

Continuous Improvement

We strive to achieve excellence in every aspect of policing.  We engage in self-development through ongoing learning and education.  We pursue opportunities for organizational growth through new and creative thinking.


We are transparent and take responsibility for all we do.  We take pride in our work. 


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