Police Services Board Announces New Chief of Police

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Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Deputy Chief Mark Crowell as the new Chief of Police of the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS).

“The selection of Chief Designate Mark Crowell comes after an extensive search and we are pleased to welcome him as the seventh Chief of the Waterloo Regional Police Service,” said Board Chair Karen Redman. “Chief Designate Crowell has proven himself to be a progressive, innovative and inspirational leader, whose compassion and commitment for not only WRPS, but the Waterloo Region community, makes him the ideal solution-focused leader required to usher in a modern vision of community safety.”

Chief Designate Crowell is a 22-year-member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. He has served as the Deputy Chief of Police – Administration & Member Services for the past two years where he oversaw areas including Human Resources, Finances & Assets, Information Technology, Special Projects, Administrative Support, Professional Development and Respect in the Workplace. Prior to this, he served as an Inspector and Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, where he oversaw the expansion of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Unit and the establishment of the Public Information Unit. Over his career, he has served in areas including Neighbourhood Policing and Investigations - Patrol, Intimate Partner Violence, Communications, Special Victims - Sexual Assault, and Administrative Support - Records. He has co-led several continuous improvement projects, including the Dictation/Officer Entry Project, the Civilian Staffing Review and the Staffing and Workload Demand Project.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been selected by the Board to serve as Chief of Police for WRPS,” said Chief Designate Crowell. “As your Chief of Police, I look forward to working with the Board and our members to continue to provide the most effective and innovative service to Waterloo Region residents while pursuing a diverse and inclusive workplace, and further advancing safety by working with our community partners to create equitable outcomes for all residents of Waterloo Region.”

Chief Designate Crowell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Canadian Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Mark was a Board of Director member for Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) for nine years and is currently a board member for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. He has served as a community volunteer with Out of the Cold and Food4Kids Waterloo Region.  

Chief Designate Crowell will assume the role of Chief of Police on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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