Dufferin OPP welcomes new detachment commander

September 7, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Dufferin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has a new commander.

Staff Sergeant Nicol Randall took over the top duties at the detachment office on Highway 89 with a special ceremony held last Thursday, August 31.

The flag that flies at the detachment was lowered and presented to previous commander, Staff Sergeant Steven Sills, who retired late last year. A new flag was then raised to signify the change of command.

Dignitaries from around the region, including police chiefs and personnel from other police services and detachments, were present for the ceremony.

The Dufferin Detachment has 29 police officers and two civilian employees who are responsible for all areas of Dufferin County except for Shelburne and Orangeville, which maintain their own police services.

The OPP patrol all the county roads and highways.

“My job is to make sure everyone here have everything they need to do their job and to make sure we are serving the public” Staff Sergeant Randall said.

Staff Sergeant Randall started with the OPP in 1995 in Cayuga, in Haldimand County near Lake Erie, before transferring to Brant County for one year, then making the move to Caledon where she served for 16 years.

While in Caledon she was promoted to sergeant and headed the community services unit, community response unit and others. She was also a key member of the security team at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

After being promoted to Staff Sergeant, she became responsible for staff training in the highway safety division.

Transferring earlier this year to the Dufferin detatchment, she replaced Staff Sergeant Sills in a temporary status before being named detachment commander.

“At the end of the day, policing is policing wherever you go,” she explained. “Here we’re about 80-90 per cent general duties and about 20 per cent traffic duties. Steve (Sills) did a great job leading this detachment and building relationships here. My job is to continue building on those relationships and to look for new ways of doing things that maybe we can do better.”

The OPP is currently looking at new ways to use technology to improve service.

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