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Chief Eric Jolliffe, O.O.M., BA, MA, CMM III

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A police officer

A chief of police

Born and raised in York Region, Chief Eric Jolliffe began his career with the City of Edmonton Police Service in 1979. In 1981, Chief Jolliffe returned to York Region and joined York Regional Police. Over his 38 year career, Chief Jolliffe has served in a variety of functions including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Planning Services, Project Management and Strategic Planning. In 1997, he was appointed Officer in Charge of #5 District in Markham where he was responsible for Field Operations, Criminal Investigations and Community Outreach. In December 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. In October 2000, he was transferred to Support Services where he oversaw Tactical Support, Operational Support, Incident Response and the Courts. On December 16, 2002, he was appointed to Deputy Chief of Operations responsible for District Operations, Investigative Services, Support Services and Community Services.  In 2005, he assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Administration responsible for Information Services, Financial Services, Staff Services, Community Services and the Courts. On December 13, 2010, he was appointed to Chief of Police.

Chief Jolliffe holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from York University and he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the FBI LEED Program from the United States Department of Justice in Quantico, Virginia.  Eric is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and the Institute for Strategic International Studies. Chief Jolliffe has completed the Executive Development Course at the Canadian Police College, has completed the prerequisite courses to obtain a Diploma in Police Management Studies from the Canadian Police College/Ontario Police College and the University of Western Ontario.  Chief Jolliffe also holds the designation of Certified Municipal Manager III with a Police Executive designation and in October 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In May of 2012, Chief Jolliffe received his Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and later that year received the Alumni Leadership award from the University.

The Chief is active in the community and is proud of the partnerships he has developed with the various diverse communities in this Region. He is the only Canadian police officer to receive the Arthur J. Barnett "Planner of the Year" Award in 1996 by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners. 

Chief Jolliffe has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal and 30 Year Bar and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee for outstanding service to our citizens, community and country. In September 2015, the Governor General of Canada presented Chief Jolliffe with the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.