A Brief History

Peel Regional Police crestPeel Region is named for the father of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850). His philosophy can be captured in the phrase, "The police and community are one". That belief is exemplified today by PRP's community-based policing, with officers working closely with the public to solve local problems and improve the quality of life for all of the people of the region.

The very first police officers in what would become Peel Region were actually in place in 1811, when the magistrates of the former Township of Toronto appointed two settlers to the position of constable.  

It was a common practice to name Ontario counties after noted Parliamentarians of the 19th Century. In 1856, the County of Peel, as we now know it, was formed from a previously larger tract of land that had been purchased from the Mississauga Indians. In 1874 the Town of Brampton was established, and eventually was chosen as the county seat of Peel due to its central location. The first Court House and jail were erected there. These buildings have been preserved and restored and now house the Peel County Museum.

collage of regional police crests, Brampton, Mississauga, ChinguacousyPeel Regional Police was established on January 1st, 1974, upon the creation of the Regional Municipality of Peel. It incorporated the former police services of Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, and Chinguacousy.

With 2,036 uniform members, 847 civilian staff and 30 cadets, Peel Regional Police has grown to become the second largest municipal police service in Ontario and fourth largest in Canada. The agency polices the cities of Mississauga and Brampton (population 1,346,000) and serves the 44 million travelers who annually pass through Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Peel Regional Police is acknowledged as one of Canada's most progressive police services. A proactive approach to problem-solving, a dedication to professional excellence and a reputation for making the community a better place in which to live and work - these are the hallmarks of Peel Regional Police.

Over the course of our history, Peel Regional Police has been as dedicated to its employees as it has been to the community we serve. It is this dedication to a Member-focused Workplace that has secured a Level 2 Certification in Excellence Canada's Progressive Excellence Program (PEP) entitled "Integrated Quality and Healthy Workplace".

We are incredibly proud of the many organizational achievements that have been attained over our 40-year history. It is with considerable pride that Peel Regional Police has been recognized as one of "Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2014" and "Canada's Top Employers for Young People for 2013".

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