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Deputy Chief Robertson Rouse, BA

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Deputy Chief Robertson Rouse brings more than 30 years of operational and strategic experience to the role of Deputy Chief, having started with the organization in 1987.

Before joining the Executive Command Team in 2018, he served in the Intelligence Bureau, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and as the officer in charge of the Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureaus. He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2004 and was assigned to #5 District headquarters in the City of Markham. In 2008, he was promoted to rank of Superintendent, remaining in #5 District. Most recently, he was the officer in charge of Staff Services.

Deputy Chief Rouse has also had significant roles in seconded positions, including to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Criminal Intelligence Services of Ontario, the Canadian Police Information Centre and the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis Systems.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology and a certificate in business administration from the University of Toronto. He is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science program in criminal justice administration at Niagara University. His professional leadership training includes the Police Leadership program at the Rotman School of Management, the Canadian Security Studies Program at the Canadian Forces College, the International Commanders Program at Bramshill, United Kingdom and the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, United States.

Deputy Chief Rouse is the recipient of the Governor General's Exemplary Service 20-year medal and 30-year First Bar, the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Gold Medal award for outstanding contributions to the promotion of race relations and the National Ethnic Press and Media Council Award for distinguished service to community and public service. Past Vice Chair and Chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Committee, Deputy Chief Rouse was also a part of the Policing Standards Committee Hate Crime Working Group.

His many years of volunteerism in the community includes travelling to build and re-build homes following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, serving as a board member for the Stouffville Igoma Partnership Humanitarian Mission and volunteering with the Community Development Council of Durham, Community Connections Program and participating in the Association of Black Law Enforcers.

Within York Regional Police, he served as vice chair of the York Regional Police Equity Advisory Committee, the co-chair of the Adopt-a-Mission Jamaica and the Markham African Caribbean Association District Liaison Committee, chair of the Black History Month Committee and is currently a member of the Professionalism through Ethics in Policing committee. 

Deputy Chief Rouse has received numerous awards and recognition for his extensive community work, including several from the Markham African Caribbean Association and the Town of Markham Black History Month committee for outstanding service to the community, as well as certificates of appreciation from the York Region District School Board, former Ontario MPP Laura Albanese and former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant.

Travel, golf and lifelong learning are among his greatest interests.