Police Chief Invested into Order of Merit from Governor General

Chief of Police Bryan MacCulloch, Niagara Regional Police Service.

Niagara Regional Police Service press release – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has appointed Chief of Police Bryan MacCulloch to the Order of Merit of Police Forces. An investiture ceremony will be held in the coming months where Chief MacCulloch will receive his insignia of membership from the Governor General at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

The Order was created in October 2000 to recognize conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members and employees of the Canadian police forces whose contributions extend beyond protection of the community.

Bob Gale, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board, said “On behalf of the Board, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chief Bryan MacCulloch on this very special occasion. We are proud of his hard work, commitment and dedication to improving police services in our community, as well as at the national level, and having been recognized with this outstanding honour.”

Chief MacCulloch was appointed Chief of Police of the Niagara Regional Police Service on September 28, 2017. He has dedicated over 33 years to the policing profession and is incredibly proud to be afforded the opportunity to serve our community and lead the women and men, both civilian and sworn of the Niagara Regional Police Service.

Prior to this appointment, Chief MacCulloch served for over four years as the Deputy Chief of Operational Services, where he provided oversight and leadership to over 650 frontline Uniform Officers and Detectives assigned to District Operations and Emergency and Investigative Services.

Throughout his diverse policing career, Chief MacCulloch has held a variety of operational and senior management positions within the Niagara Regional Police Service, including: District Operations, Tactical Unit, Marine Unit, Fraud Unit, Detective Services, Homicide Unit, Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief, Court Services and Prisoner Management, Professional Standards Unit and Operational Support Services.

He is actively involved in the community and is a former long-time Board Member and past Chair of Victim Services Niagara, former Executive member of the Welland Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors, and a long-time minor hockey and soccer coach.

Chief MacCulloch is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He serves on a variety of OACP Committees, including the Victims Assistance Committee, the Organized Crime Committee, and is a former member of the Hearing Officers Committee.

Chief MacCulloch is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal and Bar for dedicating 30 years of distinguished service to our community. He is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and he holds a diploma in Police Studies from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph, where he graduated on the Deans Honour List.

Chief MacCulloch has consistently demonstrated and continues to demonstrate qualities of exceptional merit contributing to both policing and community development. His actions, words and demeanour are testimony to his diligence, devotion to duty and to his dedication to Niagara’s communities.

Nominator, Deputy Chief Fordy stated “Chief MacCulloch is a highly principled leader that truly cares about the people that he leads and the community he serves. He is a good man and one of the finest police leaders in this country.”

In recognition of receiving the Order of Merit, Chief MacCulloch stated “I am very humbled to have been nominated and to have been selected to receive this very prestigious award. It’s been an honour to work alongside the many dedicated men and women of the Niagara Regional Police Service, both sworn and civilian, to serve our community.”

In closing, Chair Gale said “Chief MacCulloch’s investiture into the Order of Merit of Police Forces not only speaks of his tremendous efforts personally over the years, but I believe also reflects on the high quality of policing services that we enjoy in the Niagara Region.”



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