The 2000s were an important time for the Durham Regional Police. During this period, the police force worked hard to keep up with new technology and changing community needs. They used advanced tools to improve communication and solve crimes. Officers also focused on working closely with the community to understand and address local issues. The police made an effort to prevent crime and build trust with the people they served. The 2000s set the stage for the police force to become more modern and community-focused, making them better equipped for the future.
  • Moved to new Regional Headquarters located at 605 Rossland Road East in Whitby.
  • The property bureau located at 19 Courtice Court burnt to the ground.
  • Youth in Policing initiative began.
  • Suits for Youths began.
  • DAC (Diversity advisory committee) and YAC (Youth advisory committee) were created as a way for police to engage with community members on developing a better-informed police service.
  • DRPS introduces its first Toughbook laptops in cruisers.
  • In 2006, YIP program begins with 5 students.
  • Chief Vern White was the police chief until 2007
  • May 2011, OTC under construction.
  • DVIU (Domestic Violence Investigative Unit) is operational.
  • Chief Mike Ewles was the police chief until 2014.
  • 2014 Gowns for Girls started with over 350 students (2000 dresses, shoes, etc).
  • In 2015 DRPS moves away from blackberry and toward Android and Apple.
  • In 2015 Diversity Unit expands.
  • 2015 PEIC hosts four-day incident command training run by the CPC for the first time.
  • In 2016 DRPS starts to develop and allow for DRP apps on smart phones.
  • July 1 2016 Street Check regulations change.
  • 2016 Life Program for comms/911 operators is implemented – gives them a break from their duties by giving them the opportunity to join reception at RHQ.
  • June 2016 Air1 reaches the milestone of 10,000 flight hours.
  • 2016 - 25 years of 911 in Durham region.
  • 2016 MDT upgrade to show location and status of road units. 
  • September 2016 launch of the DRP app.
  • December 2016 West Division renovations complete.
  • 2016 Partnership with RCMP for the Counter Terrorism Information Officer (CTIO) workshop.
  • 2017 – K9 Unit’s 25th anniversary calendar. 
  • January 2017 Durham Connect Charter is signed.
  • February 2017 Crime Mapping added to
  • 2018-2022 DRPS gets tablets in cruisers, replacing laptops.
  • August 6 2019, West Division Seniors Police Academy begins.
  • Chief Todd Rollauer was the police chief until 2023 .
  • In 2023 DRPS outfitted all road officers with either a Samsung or iPhone.
  • Mainframes go digital.
  • CCTV systems installed across the divisional buildings.
  • In 2023, Deputy Bertrim is the first officer in Ontario to pass the fit pin test for 34 consecutive years.
  • Chief Peter Moreira is the current police chief.
  • In January 2024, Chief Moreira introduced two new deputies which brought his command team to a total of three.
  • Gowns for Girls was initiated and was changed to Gowns for Grads in 2024.