DRPS Chiefs of Police
Jon Jenkins
Chief Jenkins was Durham Region’s first Chief of Police.
He passed away March 20th, 1994 at the age of 64. Chief Jenkins started with the Oshawa Police Force in 1954 and became Chief in 1969 and Chief of DRPS when regionalization took place in 1974. He retired from the police force in 1988. Chief Jenkins was married with three sons, one daughter and five grandchildren.
He was a past president of the Oshawa Rotary Club, the Oshawa Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Criminal Intelligence Services of Ontario and the Canadian representative of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He was a volunteer driver of cancer patients even after his retirement and was Chair of the Oshawa Harbour Commission at the time of his death in 1994.
Fun Fact
In April of 1986, Chief of Police, Jon Jenkins, gathered a select group of civilians and created not-for-profit organization, Durham Region Crime Stoppers! The primary goal of Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is to encourage the public to communicate their knowledge or suspicion of criminal activity. The program shares those tips with the police for investigation while the tipster remains completely anonymous. Should a tip result in an arrest a monetary reward will be issued.