New deputy chief a ‘strategic leader’

A lifelong York Region resident with 24 years of policing experience has been appointed York Regional Police’s (YRP) new deputy chief.

“Deputy Chief Designate (Kevin) McCloskey is a strategic and innovative leader in the policing community and has taken on many important operational and administrative leadership roles over the course of his career with YRP,” says Board Chair Wayne Emmerson.

McCloskey will assume the role on June 1 and replace Deputy Chief Robertson Rouse upon his retirement. “As a lifelong resident of York Region, I look forward to serving our community, our members and the Board and continuing the important work of building trust and confidence in our profession,” he says.

McCloskey has served as a commander in Professional Standards and Corporate Development. His extensive investigative experience includes nearly a decade working in the Homicide and Intelligence Units. “His extensive policing experience with a proven track record of team building, leadership development, and community engagement will serve our organization and our community well,” Chief Jim MacSween says.

McCloskey has a strong foundation in change management projects that include collaboration, policing partnerships, and member and community engagement. YRP describes him as a “values-based leader” who currently leads YRP’s Training and Education, Professional Development and Recruiting Units.

An advocate of People First leadership that empowers others to lead, McCloskey demonstrates humility and shows vision and strategy,” YRP reports. McCloskey has “volunteered with 360 kids and Inn from the Cold and supports YRP’s Holiday Heroes program that serves thousands of families.

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