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Deputy Chief Brian Bigras

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A man in a uniform smilesDeputy Chief Brian Bigras is a 29-year member of York Regional Police, who joined the organization in 1990. He comes to his role with a wealth of experience in operations, governance, labour relations and community engagement.

Over his career, Deputy Chief Bigras has served in the #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, Drugs and Vice Unit, Hold-Up Unit and Training and Education Bureau. He also represents YRP on national, provincial and regional joint force operations and partnerships, including the Greater Toronto Area Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, the RCMP-led Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the Provincial Anti-Terrorism Section, the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and the Greater Toronto Area Organized Crime Commanders Team.

Dedicated to building strong community partnerships, Deputy Chief Bigras has worked closely with numerous organizations. He currently serves as co-chair of the YRP Integrated Strategic Community Advisory Council, which works to develop strategies to enhance community safety. He is also a member of the B'nai Brith Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights and has served on the Board of Directors for Addiction Services for York Region.

Deputy Chief Bigras is committed to promoting continuous learning and development for all members of YRP. He has participated in numerous working groups, including the Chief's Equity and Advisory Committee, Mentorship Committee and Competency-Based Management Implementation Committee. He has also served as Vice President of the YRP Senior Officers Association, representing sworn and civilian members.

He holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, the Global Studies Program provided by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Security Studies Program delivered by the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Deputy Chief Bigras is the recipient of the Governor General's Exemplary Service 20-year medal and is entering his 30th year of police and community service.​