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Deputy Chief Paulo Da Silva

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About Deputy Chief Da Silva

Deputy Chief Paulo Da Silva is entering his 30th year of policing, having begun his career in 1997 and has extensive experience in all aspects of operations and administration. He has a proven track record of leveraging innovation and technology in delivering effective and efficient policing services.

Currently, he is in charge of the Operations Branch of the organization, which includes overseeing operations at all five district stations across York Region.

His previous command was in the Administrative Branch, where he managed People, Wellness and Talent, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Financial Services, Corporate Development and Infrastructure Services.

Throughout his career, Deputy Da Silva has led a number of continuous improvement and innovative police initiatives, including the transformation of the People, Wellness and Talent Bureau. He leverages evidence-based policing practices through the use of data, one result being the launch of the Community Safety Data Portal, allowing residents to access information about crime in their communities from their own devices.

He was the lead in several other technology-related initiatives at YRP, including the P25 Voice Radio System, the Connected Officer Program, the Digital Evidence Management System and the Strategic Technology Framework for the organization.

His past assignments have included the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Community Oriented Response, Cyber Crimes, Business Continuity, Operational Command and Infrastructure Services.

Deputy Da Silva is actively engaged and dedicated to community service, partnerships and volunteerism. He is past president of the Board of Directors for the Richmond Hill Welcome Centre (Catholic Community Services of York Region), sits as co-chair for United Way York Region and is the Chair of the Be A Hero Campaign, which raises funds for pediatric oncology at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

Deputy Da Silva is the recipient of the Governor General Exemplary Service 20-year medal, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico and the University of Toronto Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Deputy Da Silva is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the FBI National Academy Associates New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter (FBINAA).