The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has introduced its new Detachment Commander, Inspector Chris McGillis.
McGillis commenced his policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police in 1992. He worked in a variety of roles including Uniform General duties at Kanata Municipal Detachment, East Region Emergency Response Team, Investigations Support Bureau attached to the Ontario Illegal Gaming Enforcement Unit (OIGEU), Ottawa Traffic Detachment, and the Canine Unit – serving as the Hawkesbury Detachment Canine Handler for a period of 11 years.
In 2012, McGillis transferred to the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau’s (OCEB) Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) serving as a Firearms Examiner/Analyst/Investigator. Following his assignment within PWEU, he was transferred to the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB) and seconded to the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in the role as a Detective Constable.
In 2016, McGillis was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and transferred to the East Region Professional Standards Bureau (PSB). Following his assignment to PSB, McGillis was assigned to OPP General Headquarters in Orillia as the Acting Unit Commander in charge of the OPP Canine Program. In 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Staff Sergeant and transferred to the Central Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau’s (OCEB) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in Barrie, serving as the Operations Coordinator.
In 2019, McGillis was assigned to the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB) and seconded back to RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) as the Detective Inspector in the role as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of Operations/Investigations. Following his role within INSET, Inspector McGillis was assigned to his present role as the new Detachment Commander for Hawkesbury Detachment.
Inspector McGillis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University and a Police Leadership and Management Development certificate from Dalhousie University. McGillis is a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal, Commissioner’s Citation for Bravery and Commissioner’s Citation for Exemplary Service of Duty.
The new Hawkesbury Detachment Commander is native to the Hawkesbury area, and is very excited to bring his local awareness and experience to the Hawkesbury Detachment.