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Board appoints new deputy chief of South Simcoe Police Service

Sheryl Sutton will assume new role April 3
Sheryl Sutton has been named deputy chief of the South Simcoe Police Service.

The Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Insp. Sheryl Sutton as the new deputy chief of the South Simcoe Police Service, effective Monday, April 3, 2023.

Insp. Sutton is an accomplished and dedicated officer who has served in a wide variety of leadership and mentorship roles during her 34-year policing career. She was promoted to the rank of inspector in 2021, and as a senior leader, has commanded many diverse areas including patrol operations, support services, and investigative services. She is the command officer in charge of professional standards, and is the liaison for the Special Investigations Unit.

Throughout her career, Sutton has been a trailblazer. She was the first female officer to join the Emergency Response Unit (ERU). She competed for the position in 2003 as a constable, stayed on when promoted to sergeant and for a time was the officer in charge of the ERU. Sutton worked in the Criminal Investigation Bureau as a sexual assault, child abuse investigator. She also became the first female to hold the rank of inspector at the service.

Insp. Sutton is a graduate of the Georgian College law and security administration program, Barrie campus. She began her policing career in Toronto in 1988 before joining the Innisfil Police Force in 1995. Among the numerous commendations she has received is the Police Exemplary Service Medal, a Chief’s Commendation for Meritorious Service, a Chief of Police Award, and an Award of Excellence for Investigation. Insp. Sutton is a proud supporter of Special Olympics and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“The police services board is thrilled to have chosen Insp. Sutton as our next deputy chief. Her skills and her history with the organization will be a strong asset to continue to move the service forward.” — Police board chair Chris Gariepy

“I am looking forward to working closely with Deputy Chief Designate Sutton on issues that are important to our members and our communities. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table that will be essential (as) we deliver progressive and respectful policing services to our communities.” — Chief John Van Dyke

“I am proud and honoured to be chosen to serve as the next deputy chief of police of the South Simcoe Police Service and I thank the board for giving me this incredible opportunity. I look forward to working with the chief, our members, and our residents to meet the challenges of our growing communities and modern policing.” — Deputy Chief Designate Sheryl Sutton

Swearing-in will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.