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Since joining the OPP in 1978, Commissioner Lewis has amassed a wealth of operational policing experience, particularly in front-line service delivery, various investigative disciplines and tactical operations. From 2007 until his appointment as Commissioner, Lewis served as Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations.
Lewis’ cross-command experience is wide and varied, including tenures as Commander of the Investigation Bureau; the Information Technologies Bureau; and the Emergency Management Bureau; as well as the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario at the then Ministry of Solicitor General. He was Regional Commander of the OPP’s East Region; served as Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch and worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to establish and lead the Cornwall Regional Task Force.
Commissioner Lewis, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the first Canadian police leader to be elevated through all three ranks, is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy Program. He is a strong advocate for community-based initiatives, including the United Way and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.