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Celebrating more than a half-century of excellence in policing

When 14 municipal police departments and the York County Security Police amalgamated to form York Regional Police on January 1, 1971, our region looked a lot different than it does today. At the time, about 200 York Regional Police members served roughly 169,000 citizens, who were grappling with the thought that they may lose their neighbourhood cop. High-ranking municipal officers were also adjusting to the idea of sacrificing their own professional stature to join a larger team - to be a part of something greater, even if that meant working as a constable or a sergeant, rather than an officer in command.

Today, more than 1,600 sworn officers and 600 civilians are proud members of York Regional Police, a 2024 Greater Toronto Top Employer and internationally recognized policing leader. Our members are honoured to serve one of the most diverse and fastest-growing communities in Canada, patrolling areas ranging from serene rural landscapes to urban cityscapes, and ensuring the safety and security of residents who identify with more than 200 ethnic origins, practice more than 10 different religions and speak more than 16 unique languages.