Following an open search and recruitment process, which attracted a strong field of experienced, professional candidates, The Niagara Parks Commission and its Chair, Janice Thomson, are pleased to announce the selection of Mark McMullen as Chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service (NPPS).
Mr. McMullen comes to the Commission having provided over 30-years of dedicated and distinguished policing and community service to the residents of the Niagara Region and its visitors, most recently as Niagara Regional Police Superintendent.
As Chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Mr. McMullen will be responsible for overseeing the safety and security of all visitors and properties of Niagara Parks, which will include enforcement of the Criminal Code, and all applicable Federal and Provincial Statutes.
Mark McMullen will assume his official duties as Chief of Police, reporting to Reegan McCullough, Chief Executive Officer of The Niagara Parks Commission, beginning on June 5, 2017. Mr. McMullen replaces Carl Scott, who will be retiring after a 40-year career in policing, the last four of which were served as Chief of the NPPS.
Prior to assuming his role as Chief of the NPPS, Mr. McMullen served as Superintendent of Operational Support with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS). In this role, Mark was responsible for leading over 200 officer and civilian staff members, in the Departments of Court Services, Prisoner Management, Evidence Management and Police Communications. Mr. McMullen has also held a variety of high-ranking positions within the NRPS, including Inspector – 2 District Commander, Inspector – Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and Detective Staff Sergeant – 2 District, Criminal Investigation Branch.
In addition to this experience, Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Sociology and a Diploma in Law and Security Administration. He is a current member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as a former Co-Chair of the Niagara Regional Police Service Business Plan Committee. In 2012, Mark was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding commitment to public and community service and has also been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Established in 1887, the Niagara Parks Police Service is one of this Province’s oldest police services and is fully funded by The Niagara Parks Commission. The NPPS derive their policing powers from Section 53 of The Police Services Act and by virtue of an agreement NPC has with the Regional Municipality of Niagara’s Police Services Board.
Today the NPPS is comprised of 25 full-time and 27 seasonal officers/staff, whose duty it is to patrol the over 1,300 hectares of parkland and 56-kilometres of scenic parkway The Niagara Parks Commission is responsible for. With its headquarters centrally located in Queen Victoria Park, within sight and sound of the thundering Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls, the NPPS supports community wellness by playing an important role in ensuring the safe and enjoyable stay of the millions of visitors Niagara Parks welcomes each year.