2021 Annual Service Recognition Awards – Retired Members
Friday, February 25, 2022
Members who retired in 2021 and went on to enjoy a well-deserved next chapter of their lives were honoured at the South Simcoe Police Service Annual Recognition Awards.
Staff Sgt. John Chalmers joined the Innisfil Township Auxiliary Police Force on July 22nd 1985. He was then hired as a Cadet with the Innisfil Police Force in January 1990 and sworn in as a Constable on June 1st, 1990. John worked front line patrol duties and was also a member of the containment team and marine unit before going on to work in the Criminal Investigations Bureau. John was promoted to Sergeant in Sept 2001 and took on various roles including training officer and the O-I-C of the Emergency Response Unit before being promoted to Staff Sergeant on January 1st, 2018. John was instrumental in many initiatives including his role with the Provincial Conducted Energy Weapon working group to develop provincial training standards.
Thank you John for more than 35 years of service to the community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Sgt. Brent Hines started as a Special Constable with the Bradford Police Force on March 7th 1991 and became a Constable on June 18th 1992. Brent worked front line patrol duties before being assigned to the Huronia Combined Forces Drug Unit in 1999 and then Criminal Investigations before being promoted to Sergeant on January 1st, 2013. Brent has received a number of commendations including being presented the “Officer of the Year” award on June 30th, 2000.
Thank you Brent for 30 years of service to the community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Sgt. Craig Johnson started his policing career as an Auxiliary officer with the Bradford Police Force on October 20, 1988. He became a Cadet on August 8, 1989, and was sworn in as police constable on October 26, 1989. Craig served in a variety of roles throughout his career including uniform patrol, Criminal Investigations, OIC of the Professional Standards Branch, and also supervised the Auxiliary Program and Ceremonial Unit. Craig was a qualified fitness instructor, and was also trained in search and rescue and marine operations. Craig was promoted to Sergeant in September 2001 and continued in that role until his retirement.
Thank you Craig for 33 years of service to the community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Sgt. Brad Reynolds joined the Bradford Police Force as a Cadet on February 7th 1987 and was appointed as Constable on July 22nd 1988. Brad has served in a variety of roles including front line patrol before being promoted to Sergeant in 2005. He was assigned as the Detective in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau and finished his career as the Executive Sergeant where he oversaw the Training Branch, K-9 Unit, and professional standards bureau. Brad was also a member of the containment team, assisted with media relations, and completed Leadership training through the Ontario Management Development Program at Georgian College. There are numerous commendations, notes of thanks and letters in Brad’s file from the community recognizing his outstanding work over the years, too numerous to comment on.
Thank you Brad for 35 years of service to the community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Cst. Rob Enwright joined the Innisfil Township Police Force Auxiliary unit on Sept 14th 1990 and a few months later was sworn in as Cadet and became a 1st class Constable on July 2nd 1994. Rob spent 18 years as a front line patrol officer in various roles and was assigned as the Cookstown Community officer in 1999. Rob has enjoyed assignments in the Traffic & Marine unit, as a collision reconstructionist, and as an Intoxilyzer technician. In 2013 Rob moved to the Community Services Bureau where he took on an active role as school liaison officer and was affectionately known to students as “Officer Rob”. Rob was named Officer of the Year by the Bradford Rotary Club in 2000, and has made a difference in the lives of many local children throughout his career.
Thank you Rob for 31 years of service to the community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Cst. Brian Riddell started his policing career with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force as a Cadet in 1971 and served with Toronto from 1971 to 1986. He joined the Innisfil Township Police Force on December 15th 1986. Brian has spent his entire career in front line patrol duties proudly serving the residents of South Simcoe (Innisfil and Bradford) for the past 35 years. There are dozens of commendations and letters of recognition in his file including several comments from supervisors that his pride and passion for policing never diminished, despite his many years on the job.
Thank you Brian for your nearly FIFTY years of dedicated service and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Cst. Shannon Van Veld started her career in law enforcement as a by-law enforcement officer with Tiny Township before joining the Innisfil Police Force as a Cadet on June 17th 1991 before being appointed as Constable on January 2nd, 1992. Although having been encouraged to pursue a position in CIB, Shannon proudly served her entire career as a front line patrol constable receiving various specialized designations including being qualified as a bike officer in 2008. There are numerous commendations, notes and letters of thanks in Shannon’s file, but most notably are comments by supervisors that describe Shannon as a dedicated officer whose strong family values are reflected in the way she treats those she comes into contact with.
Thank you Shannon for 30 years of service to your community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Kim Taylor was hired on Oct 29th, 1990 as a part time clerk typist with the Bradford West Gwillimbury Police Service. On June 1st, 1992 she was advanced to full time Office Clerk and in March 1996 she was promoted to Office Supervisor. In 2000 Kim was again promoted to Office Manager/Executive Assistant and in 2003 she became the Manager of the Communications Bureau and Records Units. In 2019 Kim took on the responsibility for the Service’s Project Management Office, and retired in that role. There are many glowing notes in Kim’s file referencing her professionalism, talent and dedication to the Police Service.
Thank you Kim for 31 years of service to your community and we wish you all the best in retirement.
Thank you all for your decades of dedicated service.
Photos of retired members VanVeld (top) and Taylor are attached: