Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel (JM) Blais promoted seven officers, including Superintendent Robin McNeil to Deputy Chief, at a promotional ceremony at City Hall held earlier this morning.
Please joins us in congratulating Deputy McNeil and the following new Inspectors, Staff Sergeants and Sergeants:• Inspector Richard Lane• Inspector Penny Hart
• Staff Sergeant Ron Legere• Staff Sergeant Mark MacDonald
• Sergeant Kathryn Willett• Sergeant John McNeil
“We are very proud of these officers who have applied for, competed for, received and accepted the challenge and the responsibility of a higher rank. They are true leaders who have worked hard, dedicated themselves to HRP and our community and earned their promotion. We congratulate them on this important milestone in their policing careers,’ said Chief Jean-Michel (JM) Blais.
The newly promoted officers will fill vacancies throughout the organization. Deputy McNeil will transition to his new role in June, assuming full responsibility for Operations, which encompasses the Integrated Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division, on July 1.
Deputy McNeil began his career with the Halifax Police Department in 1989. During his career, Deputy McNeil has acquired a broad base of experience in both operations and administration, working in Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Casino Intelligence, Drugs, Fraud, and Community Relations/Crime Prevention. He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2009 and has served in a variety of areas including Community Projects, Administration, Support and Integrated Emergency Services and as Central Divisional Commander. Deputy McNeil most recently served as Officer-in-Charge of the Patrol Division, a position to which he was appointed in April 2015.
We wish all newly minted officers much continued success and we look forward to their leadership in their newly-assigned roles.
From left to right:Sergeant John McNeil, Staff Sergeant Mark MacDonald, Inspector Richard Lane, Deputy Chief Robin McNeil, Staff Sergeant Ron Legere and Sergeant Kathryn Willett.