Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely to retire

Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely. Photo via Kingston Police.

After 37 years serving as a police officer, Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely has announced her plans to retire.

Chief McNeely made the announcement on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, almost four years to the date of since she took command of Kingston Police Force on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. McNeely took over as Chief of Police as former Chief Gilles Larochelle stepped down following four decades in policing.

McNeely will retire as of December 31, 2023, according to a press release from Kingston Police. By that time, McNeely will have served 38 years in policing, seven years as Deputy Chief of Kingston Police, and five years in her current role as Chief.

“Throughout my tenure as Chief, I have been committed to the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as member wellness within our organization and to emphasize a holistic approach to community safety and well-being. We cannot do it alone, as it requires police working together with our community and partners to understand and address the root causes of societal issues,” Chief McNeely said addressing her upcoming retirement.

“It has been an honour to work with each and every member of our service, and I’m incredibly proud of the work they do each and every day, 365 days a year, in keeping our community safe. I’d also like to thank the members of the Kingston Police Services Board – present and past; our Police Association; and our community for their confidence and support during my tenure as Chief.”

Chief Antje McNeely poses with Mayor Bryan Paterson on the day she was sworn in as Chief of Police. Kingstonist file photo.

The Kingston Police Services Board also issued a media release the same day, acknowledging McNeely’s announcement, and expressing gratitude for her leadership.

“Chief McNeely has held a number of positions in the Police Service, and has been Chief since 2018,” said Jarrod Stearns, Chair of the Kingston Police Services Board.

“She has loyally served the people of Kingston and has been a champion of diversity and equality, both internally and externally. She has been a strong advocate for disadvantaged persons and underrepresented groups. Chief McNeely will be remembered for reaching out and collaborating with external agencies and initiatives, like Kingston Speaks Inclusion, to address inequities and the root causes of crime,” Stearns continued.

“The Kingston Police Services Board wishes Chief McNeely all the very best in her future endeavours.”

It is currently unknown who will replace McNeely as Chief of Police for the Kingston Police Force. Kingstonist will continue to monitor this situation and provide coverage as more information becomes available.

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