The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has announced that Detachment Commander, Inspector Chris McGillis, will be retiring.

The Inspector began 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, Inspector 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, Inspector McGillis was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and transferred to the East Region Professional Standards Bureau (PSB). Following his assignment to PSB, Inspector 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, Inspector McGillis was assigned to the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB) and seconded back to the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) as the Detective Inspector in the role of Officer in Charge (OIC) of Operations/Investigations. Following his role within INSET, Inspector McGillis was assigned to his present role as the Detachment Commander for Hawkesbury Detachment.

Having served the citizens of the Province of Ontario for 30 years, Inspector McGillis has decided to take his well-earned retirement at the end of November 2022.