History of Barrie Police Service

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History of Barrie Police Service

A Brief History of the Barrie Police Service

The Barrie Police Service has been in existence since 1853 and enjoys the distinction of being the second oldest active police service in the Province of Ontario.

Past Barrie Chiefs:

1853 - 1888        Chief Joseph Rogers
1889 - 1924        Chief Robert King
1925 - 1945        Chief Alexander Stewart
1946 - 1956        O.P.P. contract services
1957 - 1976        Chief Ed Tschirhart
1977 - 1985        Chief Earl Snider
1986 - 2000        Chief Jack Delcourt
2001 - 2010        Chief Wayne Frechette
2011 - 2013        Chief Mark Neelin
2013-Present     Chief Kimberley Greenwood

We have seen many changes in leadership style, philosophy and methodology in the last century and a half. In the early days of our Service (and virtually every police service in Ontario), new officers began their career walking foot patrol. Barrie was no exception. There was only one patrol car and no radio system. Officers had to rely on red lights strategically located on top of hydro poles in the downtown core to notify them that their services were required. With the arrival of the patrol car and the two-way radio, a new style of policing came into our community. This model of policing was known as the "Traditional or Professional" policing model. The telephone would ring and the police would respond. There were no proactive aspects. The patrol cars, two-way radios and road supervisors permitted tighter control over individual police officers. Response times decreased and efficiency increased. The reactive style policing did however have a down side. Officers became dissociated from the one to one relationship associated with Small Town Ontario. Modern police services have now realized that they cannot succeed in meeting the needs of the community without the help of its citizens. Ontario police services have all adopted the "Community Based or Contemporary style policing" concept. Community policing is, in essence, a balance between community involvement in policing strategies and the retention of the ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergencies. The backbone of "Community policing" is the partnership between the community and the police. Officers of the Barrie Police Service are proud of the number of partnerships that have been formed within our community; partnerships which have enhanced our ability to provide responsive and effective service. Today's Barrie Police Service is committed to provide accountable, responsive, and cost efficient policing services to the citizens of our City, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have grown from one County Constable to a Service composed of over 241 sworn police officers and 101 full-time civilian members. We remain "committed to our community". Source: Barrie Police Service Archives

Police Patch

The patch of the Barrie Police Service is bordered in white and contains a masonry crown representing civic authority. On the crown are two wavy blue lines alluding to Barrie's location on the lake, these are set over five interlacing gold lines representing the five major provincial highways that intersect Barrie.

The Barrie Police Service in partnership with the community is dedicated to serving the citizens of Barrie with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

Barrie Police crest