The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region detachment has a new leader. Superintendent Chris Harkins, former commander of the fleet, supply and weapons services bureau at OPP general headquarters, has been promoted to chief superintendent and named commander of OPP East Region.
Harkins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the former regional commander, Dan Redmond.
“Chief Superintendent Harkins brings vast and varied experience to his new role. He has a strong understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing not only the members of the OPP, but also the residents of Eastern Ontario,” said OPP deputy commissioner Gary Couture.
Originally from the Pembroke area, Harkins has been a member of the OPP for over 26 years. He has served in the Killaloe and Upper Ottawa Valley detachments, has been commander of the physical surveillance unit, section manager of the analytical section of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau, and deputy director of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau. He’s also been the executive officer for three former deputy commissioners and a former provincial commander.
Harkins is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Global Studies Program.
Harkins will oversee more than 1,200 uniformed and civilian members who are responsible for providing front-line and specialized policing services. East Region covers 43,000 square kilometres with 16-host detachments and 15-satellite detachments.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be appointed to my new position in East Region,” said Harkins. “I look forward to working with the dedicated members of the OPP as we rise to meet the challenges of policing such a large, diverse area.”