York Regional Police’s (YRP) designate deputy chief of police brings more than 30 years of experience to the role in such operational areas as sexual assault and child abuse.
Supt. Robertson Rouse served as the officer-in-charge of significant operational areas of the organization such as #5 District in Markham, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and many other areas. “Supt. Rouse brings remarkable strategic and operational experience to the new position and a strong commitment to community,” York Police Services Chair Virginia Hackson says in a July 23 statement announcing the unanimous appointment.
Most recently, Rouse has overseen the staff services, which includes human resources and employee relations. He was seconded to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Canadian Police Information Centre and Violent Crime Linkage Analysis Systems.
He previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has served as a Co-Chair of the Markham African Caribbean Association – District Liaison Committee, Vice Chair of the Chief’s Equity Advisory Committee and Chair of the YRP Black History Month Committee. He’s currently working on his master’s degree in criminal justice administration.
“I recognize that the badge I wear is a symbol of trust that the community places in the police. I will continue in my new role to ensure that we maintain that public trust through excellence in policing,” Rouse says in a statement. He will be sworn in on Sept. 26.