Eli Ridder | Report

University of Guelph-Humber alumnus Mark Mitchell is formally moving into the role of chief for the Kawartha Lakes Police Service on Aug. 31, following an announcement made earlier this year.

Mr. Mitchell, who graduated from Guelph-Humber’s Bachelor of Applied Arts Degrees in Justice and Public Safety program in 2014 while serving as a frontline police officer, has been working as in various roles at the Kawartha Lakes police service for 28 years.

“I’m very humbled and honoured and I’m very appreciative to have the boards recommendation and support,” Inspector Mitchell told local news website Kawartha 411 when the announcement was made in March.

Mitchell was able to work through the degree on a part-time program that saw him taking a hybrid of online courses and intensive weekend classes, according to a university press release.

“I really appreciated the opportunity to sit down in a classroom setting with my classmates and discuss the topics we were studying,” Mitchell told Guelph-Humber.

“That really contributed to my educational experience. The part-time degree was time well invested.”

The Guelph-Humber alumnus first started out as a law enforcement officer in 1988 with the Peel Regional service before being hired on to Kawartha Lakes, then-Lindsay Police Service in 1990 where he worked his way up the ladder to inspector.

Mitchell was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;s International Peace Operation branch in 2009 and travelled to Afghanistan’s Kandahar to assist with training police officers there.

As a result of his overseas service, the officer received the Canadian Police Commander’s Citation for Exemplary Service. Mitchell has also been awarded the Police Exemplary Service medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.

Imageof Mark Mitchell from Kawartha Lakes Police Service.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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