THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~~~ April 20, 2021 (LSN) The Ontario Provincial Police have selected a new leader for the Thunder Bay Detachment, Inspector Chris Lawrence is taking over the role as Detachment Commander. His predecessor Inspector Al Gordon retired at the end of last year.
Inspector Lawrence started with the OPP in Kenora in 1997 where he was assigned to General Law Enforcement and then transferred into the Kenora Crime Unit. He has held various positions including Investigator - Provincial Anti-Terrorism Section, Unit Commander-Sault Ste. Marie Deployed Field Intelligence Unit, Operations Manager - Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Manager - Highway Safety Division.
Inspector Lawrence graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a certificate in Criminology. He is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Award, Commissioner's Commendation and two OPP Accolade Awards for work in relation to Indigenous communities. He has resided in Thunder Bay for the last 13 years and is very involved in the community, including coaching Basketball at St. Ignatius High School and with the Blaze Basketball program.
Inspector Lawrence takes over command of the Thunder Bay Detachment immediately.