Rich Johnston

Deputy Chief Rich Johnston has been policing for 24 years, beginning his career with the Ontario Provincial Police in the fall of 1997 in Northern Ontario.  Deputy Chief Johnston has worked across all areas of the Barrie Police Service including Operations, Operational Support, Investigative Services and Executive Services.

Deputy Chief Johnston holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph. In July 2021, Deputy Chief Johnston began his education at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to complete a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management.

Deputy Johnston is a strong proponent of Evidence-Based Policing and research and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing as the Director of Research.

Deputy Johnston was one of the first National Institute of Justice (USA) L.E.A.D.S Scholars (Law enforcement advancing data and science) selected from outside the United States.

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