Cobourg Police Services Board names new Deputy Chief

The Cobourg Police Services Board is pleased to announce that it has selected Inspector Jeffrey Haskins as the new Deputy Chief of the Cobourg Police Service.  

Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins is a 30-year veteran of policing, serving with the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). Since being hired as a police cadet in 1991, Jeff has ascended the ranks and is currently an Inspector at DRPS. In the variety of administrative and operational portfolios throughout his career, he led transformational change within the police service making many significant contributions to the policing profession.

While at DRPS, Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins served in the Intelligence Branch, Professional Standards Unit, Equity and Inclusion Unit, Regional Duty Inspector Office, and was the Divisional Commander at both East and West Division.  He was also seconded to the Ministry of the Solicitor General (now the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services) as an Auditor. Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins spearheaded the 2017-2019 DRPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. He has also been a member of multiple internal and community-focused committees, most recently the DRPS Diversity Advisory Committee, Durham Vision Zero Road Safety Steering Committee and the Body-Worn Camera Steering Committee.

Jeff is a graduate of the Humber College Police Foundations program and holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph. Jeff has also completed the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Global Studies Program, an executive development program for succession-ready senior leaders in policing.

“I am happy to make this announcement today on behalf of the Board, and we welcome Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins to the Cobourg Police Service,” says Chair Dean Pepper, Cobourg Police Services Board. “Jeff comes to our service as a proven leader in the policing community. His experience with several complex portfolios will be of value in his new role as the Board and the Service continue to strive for operational excellence and innovation in policing. His skill set and progressive approach to policing will engage our external partners and advance our community policing model.”

“I am looking forward to having Jeff join our dynamic and energetic executive command team. He will bring new opportunities to build on the momentum set by our members, continuing the exemplary service to our community,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service

“It is a privilege to have been selected for this executive role with the Cobourg Police Service,” says Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins. “I look forward to putting all my effort into supporting each of our internal teams. Cobourg Police Service has a long tradition of being a high-functioning team of professionals who provide exemplary service to the various communities and populations who call Cobourg their home. I will work hard to honourably and faithfully serve the residents of Cobourg in a respectful way and make every effort to directly contribute to the success of our community.”

Deputy Chief-Designate Haskins commences his new duties on November 1, 2021.

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