Deputy Chief Chris Scott of the Kingston Police Force is retiring from his position, Kingstonist has learned on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
Deputy Chief Scott announced his retirement to his colleagues at Kingston Police Headquarters via email, and indicated that, while his decision may seem sudden, it’s something he’s contemplated for some time.
Scott arrived in Kingston in 1989 after spending nearly a decade with Toronto Police and Ottawa Police. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, and staff sergeant in 2001, and has taken on some demanding assignments during his tenure in Kingston, include his role in the investigation of the Shafia quadruple homicide at Kingston Mills Locks in June of 2009. Scott was appointed Deputy Chief in 2018 and moved into the position on January 1, 2019.
“During my tenure with Kingston Police, I have had the opportunity to work in almost every area with some truly dedicated individuals both sworn and civilian, and to all those I have worked with, I thank you for the friendship and support I have received,” Scott said in his email to colleagues.
“When you begin your policing journey as many of our organizations currently are, you are full of unbridled excitement for the career you have chosen. Do your best to hold on to that, as policing is both rewarding and challenging,” he offered to his colleagues. “You need to take steps to look after yourself. While you need to be dedicated to the profession, your family and friends outside of the profession are critical to your welfare, so take steps to nurture those relationships.”
While remaining a dedicated member of Kingston Police, Scott has also made his mark on Kingston in other ways. He is known and celebrated for this dedication to the local hockey community, as well. From 2005 to 2016, Scott was involved with the Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association as a trainer and as an executive member. He was the co-chair of the organizing committee for the Ontario Special Olympics 2012 Provincial Spring Games, a major event co-hosted by the Kingston Police and the Ontario Provincial Police, and from 2016 to 2018, Scott was a member of the board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Kingston. Most recently, Scott accepted appointments as a member of the Kingston Limestone Region Board for Habitat for Humanity, and as a Program Adviser for the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area.
Scott indicated that he intends to take some time with his wife, Lauren, in retirement to explore their options before deciding on where the future will take them.
“I leave with no regrets,” Scott said in his email to colleagues. “I thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the capacity as a Deputy Chief.”