In addition to the appointment of John Carson as Director, 2013/2014 has seen many new faces join the Campus Community Police team. Each of these officers brings a unique set of skills to the service. Their combined experience totals over 150 years which will be of huge benefit to Western University.
After serving eight years with the Timmins Police Service, S/Sgt. J.C. Aubin commenced his service with the CCPS as a Special Constable in 2009. He was promoted to the rank of Sgt. In 2012 and to the rank of S/Sgt. In 2013. J.C. is our Operations Leader and oversees all operational aspects of CCPS investigations.
Sgt. Bob McCormick comes to us with a vast array of experience acquired from 29 years of service with the RCMP. His qualifications include being an underwater recovery diver, a surveillance pilot, and police tactical paramedic. Sgt. McCormick has extensive supervisory experience achieved as commander of several traffic units and also Training Coordinator, preparing over 1,000 officers for duties at the 2010 winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. Campus Police feel very fortunate that Sgt. McCormick has chosen to continue his policing career at Western. Bob is our Administration Manager.
Sgt. Loreto Rossi joined the CCPS in May of 2005 as a Special Constable. He had earned his Public Safety background while serving as a Fire and Security Officer with St. Joseph’s Health Care. Over the years, Sgt. Rossi has developed into a valued Public Safety Instructor, honing his skills as a Coach Officer instructing new cadets, a Rape Aggression Defense instructor as well as our Bicycle Patrol Officer instructor. Sgt. Rossi’s skill and knowledge was recognized this past spring with his promotion to Sergeant. Loreto is in charge of Section 4.
Sgt. Christine Greco is our newest supervisor. She commenced her career as an elementary school teacher with the Algoma District School board and then a police constable with the Sault Ste Marie Police Service. She joined the CCPS in 2010. Sgt. Greco holds a B.Sc. in Exercise Science and a B.Ed. as a Special Education Specialist. This extensive educational experience will be a huge asset in her new role as our Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, (CPTED) Coordinator, helping to make Western an even safer place in which to learn and work.
Sgt. Ryan Austin joins us with 20 years police experience under his belt. He worked for 10 years with the London Police Service before transferring to Saanich, British Columbia. Sgt. Austin acquired extensive experience in the finer points of traffic enforcement. He also specialized in Collision Reconstruction and Motorcycle Operator instruction. Ryan is in charge of Section 2.
Sgt. Rob Hughes arrived at CCPS in September with a wealth of Campus Policing experience already to his credit. He was a Lead Investigator in Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit, (SIU) for 12 years. Subsequently, Sgt. Hughes served at the University of Guelph Campus Police for seven years. In this capacity, Sgt. Hughes gained supervisory experience while in charge of the Bicycle Patrol and Training units. He was also responsible for training both police personnel and university staff in the Workplace Violence and Harassment Initiative. Western is the ultimate beneficiary of this vast knowledge base. Rob is in charge of Section 3.
Special Constable Patrick Lilley came on strength in February 2014. His prior service includes 14 years with the Waterloo Regional Police Service where he performed many duties ranging from Uniform Patrol, the Street Crime Unit to a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. Like Sgt. Hughes, S/Cst. Lilley also worked in the SIU. S/Cst. Lilley went on to learn a unique set of skills while working as a Close Protection Officer, (body guard), in India and the Middle East. S/Cst Lilley is a people person and is looking forward to interacting with the campus community. Patrick has been assigned to Section 3.
Special Constable Joshua Sykes also joined the CCPS in February 2014. He came with 9 years of law enforcement experience to his credit. Just prior to joining CCPS, S/Cst Sykes worked in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario at Queen's Park. He was responsible for the security of Parliament as well as the offices of the Premier and the Lieutenant Governor. He built on his investigational experience by enforcing Provincial and Federal statutes. S/Cst Sykes remains active with the O.P.P. as an auxiliary constable. S/Cst. Sykes is keen to embrace the new challenges campus policing has to offer. Josh has been assigned to Section 1.