Waterloo Regional Police Chief Announces Retirement

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Karen Redman, Chair of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, announced today that Police Chief Bryan Larkin will retire from the Waterloo Regional Police Service after 31 years of dedicated service.

“On behalf of the Board, I thank Chief Larkin for his dedication and service to the Waterloo Region community,” said Chair Redman. “His leadership, vision, and passion for policing have been essential for the growth of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, as well as countless community organizations and aspiring leaders. We congratulate him on a legacy of excellence and wish him well in his future endeavours.” 

Chief Larkin began his policing career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1991, working as a front-line Constable assigned to Division #1 in Kitchener and rising to the rank of Superintendent of Central Division. Among his several high-ranking positions, he also served as Executive Officer to the Chief of Police. Prior to becoming Chief of the Waterloo Regional Police Service on August 31, 2014, he served as Deputy Chief and Chief for the Guelph Police Service.

During his tenure as Chief of Police, Chief Larkin has volunteered his time with national and provincial policing organizations, as well as several local community groups. He is an active member of the International, Canadian and Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police. He is currently serving as President of the CACP and also served as the OACP President. Chief Larkin is currently the IACP’s Secretary for Global Policing. He represents the OACP on the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation and is the Co-Chair of the Provincial Police Joint Health and Safety Committee. Bryan is a member of the United Way Board of Directors for Waterloo Region Communities and is a Governor of the Canadian Guyanese Congress.

Chief Larkin is a strong believer of community volunteerism and is proud to support many causes, including the United Way and Special Olympics Canada. In 2013, he was recognized for his longstanding commitment to community volunteerism and for his leadership within the OACP and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In September 2016, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and, in July 2020, was advanced to Officer within the Order.

“It has been a true honour to lead this organization over the past eight years and serve beside the incredible members who commit themselves each and every day to public safety and wellness,” said Chief Larkin. “As I reflect on my career, I am reminded of the sacrifices made by every member who took an oath to serve this community. I am also reminded of the success achieved through those sacrifices and am immensely proud and thankful for every member’s leadership and dedication. 

“I am also grateful to the Waterloo Region community, Chair Redman and members of the Board for their support, trust, and confidence over the past several years. While this was not an easy decision, it was the right decision. I leave this incredible organization confident in the leadership and guidance of others to continue successfully moving the service forward to meet the growing needs of the community.”

Chief Larkin will work with the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on a transition date. An interim police chief will be named ahead of Chief Larkin’s departure.

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