Deputy Chief Christopher McNeil has announced his retirement from Halifax Regional Police (HRP) effective March 31, 2013 after 31 years of dedicated service to his community.
As a member of the Senior Management Team, Deputy McNeil is recognized as a champion for police ethics and discipline, diversity in policing, workplace rights, youth justice and restorative justice. As a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, he brought his extensive knowledge of law to HRP.
Deputy McNeil took an active leadership role in both the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, serving as President, and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), chairing the Drug Abuse Committee. He also worked in partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association on an International Development Project in the Gambia to share knowledge of restorative justice and community-based policing.
Deputy McNeil has received the distinctions of Officer of the Order of Merit of the CACP and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s global executive development program.
He will be missed for his extensive knowledge of policing and the law, dry wit, direct approach and contributions to policing at the local, provincial and national levels. The members and staff of Halifax Regional Police wish Deputy McNeil all the best in his retirement and in whatever new challenges he embarks upon.