On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Andrew Fletcher was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the South Simcoe Police Service. Chief Fletcher, who has served as Deputy Chief with South Simcoe since June 2015, brings a wealth of experience to the post. He has been in policing for over 30 years, and served as Deputy Chief with the Halton Regional Police Service for almost ten years before joining the South Simcoe Police.
Inspector John Van Dyke led the ceremonies as MC, and was joined by Pastor Howard Courtney of the Innisfil Community Church who provided an opening blessing and led the assembly in a closing prayer.
Chief Fletcher was sworn in by Justice of the Peace Richard Kivell, a colleague of Chief Fletcher for many years.
Board Vice Chair Licinio Miguelo spoke on behalf of the Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board. He welcomed Chief Fletcher and lauded Chief Beazley on his retirement.
Mayor Gord Wauchope and Mayor Rob Keffer also brought greetings from the Town of Innisfil and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, respectively.
Also in attendance were many proud members of the Chief's family, whom he thanked for their support over the years, along with many close friends, local emergency service partners, and colleagues from across the Province.
During his address, Chief Fletcher outlined his plan for his tenure as Chief of Police.
"My goal moving forward is quite simple, to inspire our people to give all that they can, and to encourage them to continually strive to achieve their best", said Chief Fletcher. "I believe that this can only come from leading by example, by not just talking the talk, but by walking the walk. By no longer being seen as just four wheels and a head, but by getting out of our cars and offices and connecting with people throughout our communities."