Sworn members 2016
|Headquarters Brampton, ON|
|Motto A safer Community Together|
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
General nature Law enforcement Civilian agency
The Peel Regional Police provides police services for Peel Region in Ontario, Canada. It is the second largest municipal police service in Ontario after the Toronto Police Service and third largest municipal force in Canada (behind Toronto and Montreal) with 2,016 uniformed members and close to 844 support staff.
- Mission statement
- Command structure
- 11 Division
- 12 Division
- 21 Division
- 22 Division (Headquarters)
- Airport Division
- 2016 Lawsuit Against Peel Police Chief, Jennifer Evans
- Other incidents
- Shooting death of Michael Wade Lawson
- Public complaints
Peel Regional Police serve approximately 1.333 million citizens of Mississauga and Brampton, located immediately west and northwest of Toronto, including Toronto Pearson International Airport (actually located in Mississauga) which annually sees 40 million travellers. Although it is part of the Region of Peel, policing for the Town of Caledon, which is north of Brampton, is the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The village of Snelgrove was once part of Caledon, but is now within Brampton, and is within the jurisdiction of the Peel force.
The PRP also patrol the section of Highway 409 between the Toronto-Peel border and Pearson Airport. Policing of all other 400-series highways that pass through the Region, including Highways 401, 403, 410, and 427 as well as the QEW freeway and the 407 ETR toll highway, are the responsibility of the OPP.
Peel Regional Police was established in tandem with the creation of the Regional Municipality of Peel on January 1, 1974. It integrated the former police departments of Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, and Chinguacousy.
Toronto Township Police Department was formed in January 1944 and was later renamed Mississauga Police Department in 1968.
Brampton Police Department dates to 1873, when it was created to replace policing from Chinguacousy. It merged with the other local forces in 1974.
Chinguacousy Township Police traces roots back to 1853, and was merged to the Peel force in 1974.
Port Credit Police Department was founded with township's incorporation in 1909, and merged with the Peel force in 1974.
Streetsville Police Department was formed in 1858 and merged into the Peel force in 1974.
As of 2012 Peel Regional Police has 1937 officers and 840 civilian support staff.
Since the creation of the Peel force only 4 deaths have been recorded, 3 from traffic accidents (latest in March 2010) and 1 from a stabbing (1984).
Peel Regional Police, in partnership with the community, will strive to create a safe environment in which to live, work, and visit.
The Peel Regional Police divides the region into five divisions. Major police stations are located in each division which are supported by smaller Community Police Stations. These provide residents with services to deal with traffic complaints, neighbour disputes, minor thefts, community issues, landlord-tenant disputes, on-going problems in a neighbourhood, found property, and respond to questions related to policing in the community.
Commanded by Superintendent Deb Pincivero
Commanded by Superintendent Robert Ryan
The Marine Unit at 135 Lakefront Promenade is located in this division. The unit is responsible for 105 square kilometre of waterways, including Lake Ontario and rivers that run in the region using 3 boats. It was created in 1974 and inherited 1 boat from the Port Credit Police Department.
Commanded by Superintendent Ingrid Berkeley-Brown
10 Peel Centre Dr, Suite C, Brampton L6T 4B9 (905) 453-3311 ext. 2100Community Police Stations
22 Division (Headquarters)
Commanded by Superintendent Stephen Blom
Currently commanded by Superintendent Paul Thorne, the Airport Division was established in 1997 following the departure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The Airport Division consists of uniform, tactical, and plain clothes officers and staffed at 2951 Convair Drive in Mississauga.
The physical requirements are:
As of January 2008, front line officers wear dark navy blue shirts, cargo pants with a red stripe and boots. Winter jackets are either black or reflective orange/yellow with the word POLICE in white and blue at the back. Hats are standard forage caps with a red band. Yukon hats or embroidered toques are worn in the winter.
Frontline officers wear dark-navy shirts, v-neck sweaters (optional during cold weather months), and side-pocket patrol pants ("cargo pants") w/ red stripe (ranks Sergeant and higher wear a black stripe down their pant leg in place of red); and officers wear dark-navy epaulet (rank) slip-ons on the epaulets of shirts, sweaters, and jackets w/ embroidered Canadian flag and badge number (in white) beneath on each (rank insignia above the flag for ranks above constable).
Senior officers do wear white shirts, dark-navy pants (no side pocket/cargo pocket) w/ black stripe, and dark-navy jackets. Dark-navy v-neck sweaters are also worn. Senior officers wear gold collar brass (on the collar of their shirts) and dark-navy epaulet (rank) slip-ons on the epaulets of shirts, sweaters, and jackets w/ embroidered Canadian flag, no badge number, and applicable rank insignia above the flag.
The external carriers (body armour) worn by officers ARE black w/ silver 'POLICE' on the back and an embroidered patch over the right pocket w/ badge # embroidered in white. This is the only uniform item that is black (currently); they may switch to matching dark-navy carriers in the future.
On dark-navy v-neck sweaters, an embroidered patch is worn on the left chest w/ 'POLICE' in white.
Officers standard headdress is the forage (or peak) cap; the cap is dark-navy w/ black peak, red band, and silver cap badge (gold cap badge for senior officers). Optional Yukon hat (artificial fur hat) or uniform toque can be worn in the winter. Officers of the Sikh faith are permitted to wear uniform turban (dark-navy blue with red stripe and cap badge).
The shoulder flash (embroidered patch) worn on each arm by officers ranked Constable through Staff Sergeant has white border, white lettering, black background, and coloured seal of the Regional Municipality of Peel.
The shoulder flash (embroidered patch) worn on each arm by senior officers (Inspector and above) has gold border, gold lettering, black background, and coloured seal of the Regional Municipality of Peel.
The Peel Regional Police Service has a fleet of over 500 vehicles including:
All vehicles are painted white with three blue stripes, a changed made from yellow standard used by GTA forces in the 1980s. In 2007 Peel Police spearheaded a campaign to amend provincial law to equip police cruisers with blue and red lights and deployed the first such cruiser in Ontario. In 2008 newer cruisers now sport a single blue stripe. The force's logo moves forward along the stripe with the motto and phone number on the rear back door.
Tactical Rescue Unit & Airport Division
Members of the Peel Regional Police are involved in fundraising for a variety of charities and community causes. They have annually raised over $1,000,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and $140,000 through the "Cops for Cancer" program. They are also one of the region's largest donators to the United Way. Members of the force are involved in public service and volunteerism throughout the community.
2016 Lawsuit Against Peel Police Chief, Jennifer Evans
Jennifer Evans and the Peel Police are facing a 21 million dollar lawsuit alleging that they unlawfully interfered in a Special Investigations Unit investigation. Previously, Evans has faced heavy calls for resignation after refusing to stop carding and refusing to implement body cameras using a nonsense iceberg analogy.
The sentencing phase of Yeo's hearing was scheduled for 15 April 2009, however he resigned on 23 January 2009 and all ongoing disciplinary proceedings were stayed.
Shooting death of Michael Wade Lawson
On 8 December 1988, 17-year-old Michael Wade Lawson was shot to death by two Peel Regional Police Constables. Anthony Melaragni #1192 and Darren Longpre #1139 were both charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault after a preliminary hearing; both were later acquitted by a jury.
The officers claimed that the stolen vehicle driven by Lawson was approaching the officers head-on in a threatening manner, and they then discharged their firearms.
An autopsy conducted by the Ontario Coroner's Office showed that the unarmed teenager was struck by a hollow-point bullet to the back of the head. This type of bullet was considered illegal at the time, as hollow-point bullets were not authorized for use by police officers in Ontario.
Shortly after the shooting death of Lawson and pressure from the Black Canadian community, the Attorney General of Ontario established the Race Relations and Policing Task Force. The Task Force made several recommendations, the result was the provincial government creating the Special Investigations Unit to investigate police shootings resulting in injury or death.
The Peel Regional Police Public Complaints Investigation Bureau (PCIB) investigates all complaints made by the public in regards to the actions and services provided by PRP officers. PCIB is a branch of the Professional Standards Bureau.
In 2005, 158 public complaints were filed:
In 2004, 180 public complaints were filed: