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Chief Eric Jolliffe, O.O.M., BA, MA, CMM III

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A police officer

A chief of police

Born and raised in York Region, Chief Eric Jolliffe began his career with the Edmonton Police Service in 1979 at the age of 22. In 1981, he returned to York Region and joined York Regional Police. Over his 39-year career, Chief Jolliffe has served in a variety of administrative and operational roles before being appointed to the Chief of Police on December 13, 2010.

Chief Jolliffe holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from York University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program under the United States Department of Justice in Quantico, Virginia.  Chief Jolliffe also is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and the Senior Management Institute for Police under the Police Executive Research Forum and the Institute for Strategic International Studies.

Chief Jolliffe has completed the Executive Development Course at the Canadian Police College and holds the designation of Certified Municipal Manager III with a Police Executive designation. In 2012, Chief Jolliffe received his Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and later that year, received the Alumni Leadership award from the university.

Chief Jolliffe has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal and 30-Year Bar, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals for outstanding service to our citizens, community and country. In 2008, the Governor General of Canada presented then-Deputy Chief Jolliffe with the Member of the Order of Merit of Polices Forces and in 2015, the Governor General of Canada presented Chief Jolliffe with the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

In 2016, Chief Jolliffe received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Canada/York Region, in 2017, the Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation and in 2018, the President's Award for Leadership from Ontario Women in Law Enforcement.

Under Chief Jolliffe's leadership, York Regional Police was selected as one of the Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Also in 2018, York Regional Police was recognized at the national level as a Top Employer for young people.

In June of 2018, Chief Jolliffe was acknowledged in the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation's book, 150 Extraordinary Canadians: Our Leadership and Innovation Legacy, for his contribution to the success of our great nation.

Chief Jolliffe remains active in the community and is proud of the partnerships York Regional Police has developed with the various diverse communities in York Region.

Chief Jolliffe is married, with two children and two grandchildren, with whom he enjoys spending time whenever he can.