Eric Jolliffe


Senior Advisor

Eric Jolliffe (Chief of Police Retired) spent over 40 years in the policing profession. Eighteen years as a senior executive, 8 years as Deputy Chief and 10 years as Chief of Police in York Region leading a workforce of nearly 2500 with budgets in excess of 370 million annually.  

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from York University.

He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, United States Department of Justice in Quantico, Virginia.

He is also a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Institute for Strategic International Studies.

Having completed the Executive Development Course at the Canadian Police College and holds the designation of Certified Municipal Manager III with a Police Executive designation.

In 2012, Eric completed his Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and later that year, received the first Alumni Leadership award from the University.

Eric received the Police Exemplary Service Medal, and the 30 and 40 Year Bar.  As well, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals for his work in York Regions diverse communities.

In 2008, was the recipient of the Member of the Order of Merit of Polices Forces and in 2015, was advance in the order and received the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces from the Governor General of Canada.

Eric’s initiative led to the creation of the Canadian Chiefs of Police Victims Committee in 2012 and was co- chair of that committee representing the Canadian Chiefs of Police position on Bill C32 the Victim Bill of Rights Act to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in 2014.        

Over his term Eric has received many community recognitions some of which include; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Canada/York Region.  The Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation.  The National Ethnic Press Media Council of Canada and the President’s Award for Leadership from the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement.

In June of 2018, Eric was acknowledged in the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation’s book, 150 Extraordinary Canadians: Our Leadership and Innovation Legacy, for his contribution to the success of our great nation.

In 2019, Eric received the Order of Vaughan and in 2020 was the recipient of the Portraits of Giving and the Character Community of York Region Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also in 2020 the Regional Municipality of York and the York Regional Police Services Board honoured Eric with naming of their state of the art police training facility the Eric Jolliffe Training Centre for Leadership and Learning.

Under Eric’s leadership YRP achieved the designation of one of the GTA’s top employees five years in a row.

Eric was an active member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Council, FBI National Academy Associates, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major City Chiefs Association.

Additionally, Eric has served on several community Boards and associations.

Having been a senior executive and CEO for almost 20 years he has extensive working knowledge of in the areas of executive leadership, humans resource management, strategic planning, risk management, project management, organizational/cultural transformation and technical innovation.