At the Board meeting on December 12, 2016, South Simcoe Police Service Chief, Rick Beazley, announced his intention to retire effective April 17, 2017, after 42 years of dedicated service in policing.
Chief Beazley began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service as a constable in November of 1974 and in 2000 was appointed Deputy Chief of the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service. In 2009 he was appointed Chief.
He joined the South Simcoe Police Service as Chief in 2012, at a time when the Service was undergoing a costing exercise. Chief Beazley undertook the difficult assignment to find cost efficiencies, improve the reputation of the Service, and ensure that it is financially sustainable moving forward. Since that time, the South Simcoe Police has introduced fiscally responsible budgets, improved the delivery of service and continues to be recognized around the province as a leading community-based policing organization. He has a strong reputation as a relationship builder and is known throughout the Service and in the community for his open door policy.
“We thank Chief Beazley for his years with South Simcoe,” said Board Chair, Rod Hicks. “Chief Beazley is recognized as an excellent police leader, not just in South Simcoe, but around Ontario. He will be missed and leaves behind a legacy of a Service of which we can be proud and is poised for the future.”
“I am very proud of my profession" said Chief Beazley. "Policing has evolved from the “cop-on-the-beat” with a call box, a portable radio and with their wits as a guide, to today’s highly trained officers who are supported by modern technology and contemporary strategies that make communities safer. But I am most proud of the work of the members of the South Simcoe Police Service. These women and men who have been my colleagues for almost five years have worked hard to exemplify our motto, “Protect with Courage, Serve with Compassion.”
Following the retirement announcement of Chief Rick Beazley, the BWG/Innisfil Police Services Board is pleased to announce the appointment of current Deputy Chief, Andrew Fletcher as Chief-Designate of the South Simcoe Police Service, to assume the role of Chief on April 18, 2017.
“Andrew Fletcher has been an asset to the South Simcoe Police Service as Deputy Chief and we are proud to appoint him to the role of Chief-Designate,” said Board Chair, Rod Hicks. “Chief-Designate Fletcher will continue to build on the strong foundation established by Chief Beazley. Fletcher brings a wealth of experience in policing and specific knowledge of our Service to the role. The Police Services Board looks forward to working with him to continue to implement innovative solutions and cost-effective community-based policing.”
“I’m honoured to be appointed as the next Chief of Police,” said Chief-Designate and current Deputy Chief, Andrew Fletcher. “I look forward to engaging with and mobilizing our community and other service providers to collaboratively address the changes that face our communities and the police service in the years ahead.”
Andrew Fletcher currently serves as Deputy Chief for the South Simcoe Police Service, a role he has been in since June 2015. Prior to joining the South Simcoe Police, Fletcher served as Deputy Chief for the Halton Regional Police Service. He began his policing career in 1984 in Halton and has substantial experience in many facets of policing; having worked in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, the tactical unit, the drug and morality bureau, the homicide unit, and in community policing support. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, has been recognized with a Governor General of Canada Order of Merit of the Police Forces and is a recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Fletcher also served on the executive of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) as the Zone 4 Director, is the current Zone 3 Treasurer, and is past Chair of the OACP Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee.
Fletcher and his wife Jacquei recently moved to the South Simcoe area and have begun to get involved in a variety of community organizations. Andrew is co-chair of the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership, and is a member of the Innisfil Rotary Club. Outside of policing, Andrew has coached youth soccer, is a supporter of Special Olympics Ontario, and is a past Board member with the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), a non-profit charitable organization that services children and youth.
The BWG/Innisfil Police Services Board will commence an open recruitment process for a Deputy Chief in the very near future.