Following an “exceptional” 36-year career with York Regional Police (YRP), Deputy Chief Robertson Rouse will retire in mid-June.
“Deputy Chief Rouse has dedicated his long, successful career to excellence in policing, supporting our members and working for equity and diversity both in our police service and in our community,” says Chief Jim MacSween.
Rouse served in the Uniform Patrol, Intelligence Bureau, the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and as the officer in charge of the Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureaus. He has held numerous leadership roles over the years, including superintendent at #5 District headquarters in Markham.
“Over the course of his exceptional career, Deputy Chief Rouse has made significant contributions to policing, to community safety and to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization,” Police Services Board Chair Wayne Emmerson says. “He has served the residents of York Region with commitment and distinction.”
Rouse was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada and has earned numerous awards, including the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the promotion of race relations, and the National Ethnic Press and Media Council Award for distinguished service to community and for public service. He has been the Executive Sponsor of many YRP programs, including annual Black History Month celebrations, the Anti-Black Racism Working Group and the initial Wellness Project.
“As I reflect on the last 36 years of my career, many fond memories come to mind. Yes, there were challenges, but the fond memories far outweigh the challenges,” Rouse says. “I appreciate all the support and confidence shown in me during my tenure. I am extremely proud to have served with some of the finest women and men in the policing profession. I leave with great pride knowing that YRP is a great organization and will continue to do great things for this community.”
The board will begin the process of recruiting an internal candidate to fill Rouse’s position in the coming weeks.
Photo: Following an “exceptional” 36-year career with York Regional Police (YRP), Deputy Chief Robertson Rouse will retire in mid-June.