LEEDS – Leeds OPP has a new leader and he comes to the job with more than two decades of experience.
Chief Superintendent Chris Harkins, Regional Commander for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, announced on the 17th of May 2017 that Staff Sergeant Mike Francis has been promoted to the rank of Inspector. With the promotion, Francis assumed the detachment commander role for Leeds OPP, as Inspector Jeff Smith retired after a dedicated 30 years of policing.
As a young police officer and following a number of high-profile assignments with the O.P.P, he always hoped his career would one day lead to him being in charge of the local detachment’s day-to-day operations.
“All of our policing is premised on frontline service,” said Francis. “Partnership building is a huge priority in Leeds County. It’s also important that resources are deployed where they need to be.”
Francis said he’s looking forward to the challenges of his new position.
“I consider it an honour and a privilege to have been chosen as the next detachment commander of Leeds County. I look forward to working with such a great group of people to make Leeds County one of the safest areas in all of Ontario,” he stated.