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Deputy Chief Paul Martin retires after 36 years service

Web posted on February 08, 2020

Don Drone, Chair of the Guelph Police Services Board, would like to announce that Deputy Chief Paul Martin will retire after 36 years of dedicated service to the Guelph Police Service and the community.

"On behalf of the Board and all members of the Police Service, I want to thank Deputy Martin for the tremendous positive impact that he has had on the Guelph Police Service while fulfilling many strategic leadership positions, and for providing stability and support during the important transition time for the new Chief, Gord Cobey."

Deputy Martin, who will officially retire September 26th, 2020, began his policing career with the Guelph Police Service on September 2nd, 1984, as a Constable. He served in several different positions, including Uniform, Traffic, Community Relations, Property Crimes, Persons Crimes, Case Management and Tactical.  He was promoted to Inspector in April 2012, and in this role was assigned to Neighbourhood Services and Investigative Services. He was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police on March 22nd, 2015.

His leadership roles within the Guelph Police Service include 20 years on the Executive of the Guelph Police Association, including 6 years as President.  Very notably, he has been the Police Service representative on the City of Guelph Steering Committee for the Police Headquarters Renovation and Expansion Project, which, after years of planning, began on April 21st, 2016, with a ground-breaking ceremony.

Throughout his career, Deputy Martin represented the Guelph Police Service in several critical roles including coordinating policing activities for the Hamilton Tiger Cat season in Guelph in 2013.  He was actively involved in the Ontario Police Health and Safety Association and was a member of several provincial working groups. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

In 2002, Deputy Martin received the Police Association of Ontario John Walker award for Police Association Leadership. Deputy Martin has received the Governor General Police Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of his exemplary service protecting the safety and security of the Canadian public as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal.

He has also volunteered his time to many local community groups as well as the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run throughout much of his career.

Police Chief Gord Cobey would like to recognize the countless contributions Deputy Martin has made to our community and our service: "It has been a privilege getting to know and work with Paul.  His insight and support has been invaluable.  On behalf of our entire Service, we want to thank Paul for his many years of dedicated service to our community.  We also want to thank Paul's wife Joanne and his entire family for the support they have provided to him throughout his policing career."

The Guelph Police Services Board is now actively recruiting candidates for the Deputy Chief position.  Information can be found at  or at