Chief of Police: Gary Conn
Gary Conn was born and raised in London, Ontario where he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He subsequently enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and was a Commissioned Officer with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. In 1995, the London Police Service hired Gary and in 1998; he joined the newly-amalgamated Chatham-Kent Police Service.
In 2002, he was seconded to the Ontario Police College where he facilitated in the Basic Constable Training (BCT) program. He facilitated a number of the practical courses, including Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Police Vehicle Operations and Physical Training. Over the course of his career, Gary has worked in Community Patrol, Traffic, Training, Recruiting, Public Information, Honour Guard, Courts, Search and Rescue, Critical Incident Commander and Professional Standards. Later as the Deputy Chief, Gary oversaw all three Branches of the Chatham-Kent Police Service, including Community Patrol Branch, Operations and Administrative Support.
An advocate for life-long learning, Gary has continued his education at Western University, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and his Doctor of Education. Gary is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business – University of Toronto where he completed the Police Leadership Program. He is also a distinguished graduate from the FBI National Academy, Session 258 where he further obtained a Graduate Diploma from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education. He has completed numerous courses in police operations, management and leadership through the Ontario Police College.
Gary is a Board Director for the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre and the Chatham-Kent Gay Pride Association. He sits on the CACP (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) Use of Force Advisory Committee, is a Co-Chair for the OACP Justice Committee, a Co-Chair for the Chatham-Kent Community Safety and Well-Being Steering Committee and is currently the immediate past President for the OACP (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police) He is a Knight of the Hospitaller Order of St. John, Company Sergeant Major for Delta Company of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment and has been appointed Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Gary has been married to Anne-Marie for 28 years and they have three boys. He enjoys running, skiing, swimming and scuba diving.