Niagara Parks Police
The Niagara Parks Police Service was first formed in 1887 by The Niagara Parks Commission. Its purpose is to protect the millions of visitors who travel from around the world to see Niagara Falls and protect the sprawling parklands entrusted to the care of the Commission by the people of Ontario. Visitors to Niagara Parks number more than 11 million people annually and they represent a culturally diverse world community.
Our Police Service plays an important part in ensuring the safe and enjoyable stay of our visitors. This is achieved through a high profile dedicated patrol function, the management and control of the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and the ability to respond to calls for service in a challenging and unique natural landscape including the Niagara River Gorge and the mighty Niagara Falls itself. It is our mandate to assist in providing visitors with a safe and enjoyable stay at Niagara Parks.
The Niagara Parks Police Service has more than 125 years of experience in serving the special needs of the tourism community. Today, the Service patrols over 1,325 hectares (3,274 acres) of parkland along the Niagara Parkway between the towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie, Ontario. We concentrate our services in the heart of Queen Victoria Park, in the city of Niagara Falls, within sight and sound of the thunderous Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls.
If you are coming to Niagara Falls for the first time, please do not hesitate to stop one of our officers to ask for directions or for assistance as they are the people best trained to meet your needs.
We are a specialized Police Service dedicated to serving the needs of the tourism community in Niagara Parks. We are responsible for the management of vehicular and pedestrian flow of traffic, maintaining the peace, ensuring the safe return of lost property to its rightful owners, the discretionary enforcement, where required, of the Criminal Code of Canada and other federal and provincial statutes. Our members also patrol along the scenic Niagara Parkway which follows the 56-kilometer Niagara River corridor.
While we patrol and respond to all calls for service within Niagara Parks, the Niagara Regional Police Service retains primary jurisdiction. Our sworn members are appointed by the Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board as Special Constables and are approved by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. We have a long history of cooperation with other law enforcement and emergency services in both Canada and the United States to best serve our visitors.
Regular officers are trained in-house before attending the Ontario Police College for the Basic Constable Training program. Officers annually receive advanced patrol training with the Niagara Regional Police including mandated re-qualification Use of Force Training.
Senior officers have received training from the Canadian Police College, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Niagara Regional Police Service, and the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Uniformed officers have specialized training in high angle rescue, identification services, technical accident investigations, radar traffic enforcement, police motorcycle and bicycle operations, marine enforcement operations, police canine, first aid, physical fitness training and quality service.
Civilian members have received training as Communicators from the Ontario Police College. The service includes a Fire Safety Officer with training from the Ontario Fire College. Provincial Offences Officers join the Service with their First Aid training and are generally enrolled in Police Foundations or Criminology programs at college or university with a view towards a career in law enforcement. Many Police Officers in Ontario have started their careers as students with the Niagara Parks Police Service.
Emergency: Dial 9–1–1
Niagara Parks Police Services
P.O. Box 150
Niagara Falls, ON
Tel: (905) 356-1338
Fax: (905) 356-4447
Chief of Police