Police training facility renamed to honour former chief

Eric Jolliffe.

The York Regional Police training facility has been renamed in honour of former Police Chief Eric Jolliffe.

“Chief Jolliffe was a champion for ensuring our members are the best trained in the country and this was a fitting tribute to his legacy,” Chief Jim MacSween said on Twitter following a renaming ceremony last month.

This past spring, York Regional Council agreed to rename the facility the Eric Jolliffe Training Centre for Leadership and Learning. The 89,000-square-foot centre in East Gwillimbury offers more than 70 practical, simulation and in-class training programs for YRP and officers from across the country.

Jolliffe launched his career with the Edmonton Police Service in 1979. He joined YRP in 1981 and served as its chief for a decade before his retirement on April 30. The Thornhill native earned a long list of academic credentials and awards over his career, including the Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation and the President’s Award for Leadership from Ontario Women in Law Enforcement.

“As a vision-inspired and values-driven leader, his legacy of dedication, commitment and community leadership will continue for generations to come,” York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson said upon Jolliffe’s retirement.

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