BWG/Innisfil Police Services Board names John Van Dyke Deputy Chief

John Van Dyke will serve as Deputy Chief of South Simcoe Police beginning in the new year.

He’s a familiar face, having spent all of his 31 years in policing with the Service beginning with what was then the Bradford Police Service.

“John brings proven experience in strategic management, leadership and will be an asset to the organization as we continue to serve the communities with compassion and excellence,” said BWG/Innisfil Police Services Board Chair, Licinio Miguelo.

Van Dyke has served in a variety of roles including front-line patrol, investigations, and professional standards. In addition, he is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Standards/SIU Committee and is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management.

“I am honoured, privileged and humbled to serve our organization and the residents of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil,” said Van Dyke. “I thank the Board for having faith in me and I’m excited about enhancing the many existing positive relationships between the Service and its two communities. I also look forward to building on the Service’s past achievements in community safety and continuing to encourage high standards of performance and commitment to continuous improvement to meet the demands of the future.”

Van Dyke takes over January 1 with the retirement of current Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer.