Chief's Biography

Chief Nishan Duraiappah

Chief Nishan Duraiappah

Chief Nishan Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada. Chief Duraiappah began his career with Halton Police in December 1995. He served in a variety of assignments throughout his career including front line policing, specialized investigations and Diversity and Community relations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Halton Police in 2015 leading front line policing, community mobilization as well as innovation and technology.

In October 2019, Chief Duraiappah was appointed Chief of Peel Regional Police. Chief Duraiappah arrived with a mandate for change and the strategic goal of becoming the most progressive police service in Canada. Amidst the first year of his command, Peel Regional Police championed:

- The creation of its first-ever community-embedded Intimate and Partner Violence Unit to respond to the growing needs in our Region.

- A re-emphasis on front line policing.

- A road map for Innovation and Technology, as well as a Digital Officer Transformation plan to better equip officers to serve the community.

- The adoption of the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) framework and establishment of a CSWB Bureau to modernize traditional community policing.

Chief Duraiappah is committed to the safety and well-being of the community he serves, with one of the primary focuses being mental health and seeking multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships to reduce risk in the community.

Chief Duraiappah is heavily involved in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Chief Duraiappah was the President of the Ontario Association of Chief's of Police between June 2022 to June 2023. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Merit Canada.

In November 2022, Chief Duraiappah was appointed to the Order of Ontario.

Deputy Chiefs

Deputy Chief Marc Andrews

Deputy Chief Marc Andrews

Deputy Chief Marc Andrews

Deputy Chief Marc Andrews is a long-time resident of Brampton who grew up in, and attended high school in Mississauga. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Athabasca.

Prior to joining Peel Regional Police in 1990, Deputy Chief Andrews was a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He served with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry for five years, during which time he was involved in numerous operations and completed a United Nations Peacekeeping Tour in Cyprus.

Deputy Chief Andrews began his career as a Constable at 12 Division in Uniform Patrol and was subsequently assigned to the Morality Bureau. In 1998, he transferred to the Homicide Bureau, where he received his first promotion to Detective. While assigned to Homicide, he was the primary investigator on a number of high profile investigations.

In September 2003, Deputy Chief Andrews was promoted to Staff Sergeant and subsequently held posts in a variety of areas within the organization including; Radio Operations, Field Operations, 21 Division and the Airport Division, before being promoted to Inspector and being assigned to the Duty Inspectors Office. In December 2011, he was assigned to 21 Division as the Uniform Inspector before being promoted to Superintendent and transferred to 11 Division, in May of 2013. In 2015, he was assigned to Corporate Development where he oversaw significant changes to the uniform recruiting and training processes.

Since September 2013, Deputy Chief Andrews has been an aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving under the Honourable David Onley and the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Deputy Chief Andrews is also a Member of the Order of Merit Canada.

On March 27, 2018, Marc Andrews was appointed Deputy Chief of Police.


Deputy Chief Mark Dapat

Deputy Chief Mark Dapat

Deputy Chief Mark Dapat

Newly-appointed Deputy Chief Mark Dapat is a collaborative leader with extensive experience guiding Peel Regional Police’s vision of becoming a progressive police service in Canada. A life-long advocate of Peel’s diverse communities, Deputy Chief Dapat’s journey with the Peel Regional Police began in 1997 playing key roles in various areas of policing, including Uniform Patrol, Special Enforcement Bureau, Intelligence Services, Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Deputy Chief Dapat has been instrumental in implementing and integrating system transformational initiatives across the service through his work on the Community Safety and Well-Being Strategy. His key achievements and career highlights include:

  • The centralization and deployment of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) made up of trained police officers and mental health clinicians to support individuals experiencing a mental health crisis - a most comprehensive and one-of-a-kind mental health response program in Canada.
  • The creation of the Divisional Mobilization Unit, a non-traditional, non-enforcement unit that engages with priority populations to identify upstream, wrap-around solutions to reduce unnecessary police interactions.

Mark represents the Peel Regional Police on several Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police committees, including the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Community Safety and Crime Prevention committee.
Deputy Chief Dapat was born in the Philippines and raised in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a diploma in Law and Security Administration from Sheridan College. Deputy Chief Dapat is a recipient of the 20-Year Uniform Exemplary Service Governor General’s Award.


Deputy Chief Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson - Chief Administrative Officer and Deputy Chief

On June 19, 2023, Lauren Jackson was appointed by the Peel Police Services Board as the Chief Administrative Officer and Civilian Deputy Chief, Corporate Services. She reports to the Office of the Chief and oversees Finance, Human Resources and Materials Management.

Lauren joined Peel Regional Police from Deloitte, where she was a Partner and served as the National Security & Justice Practice Leader.

She brings to the role demonstrated expertise in providing guidance, direction, and purposeful leadership in managing complex operational and administrative change initiatives across both public and private sectors. She has been a part of some of Canada’s most complex public safety and digital justice transformations in different regions across the country, including policing, courts, corrections, probation & parole. Recognized as progressive, strategic and inclusive, Lauren is a thought leader and public speaker, with a history of speaking on topics related to organizational wellness, digital transformation, and end-to-end justice. Her vast experience in working with policing, fire, paramedic, justice, and security agencies at all three levels of government, within Canada and internationally, will greatly benefit Peel Regional Police and the community.

Lauren began her career in Government Relations, working with clients across the non-profit and municipal services sectors in support of campaigns to municipal and provincial government, before transitioning to Corporate Intelligence at KPMG within the Forensic Practice, undertaking due diligence reviews in support of mergers and acquisitions, executive talent vetting, and forensic investigations. She was previously a Strategic Advisor to the Office of the Chief and Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Halton Regional Police Service where she provided strategic guidance to Executive Command and Senior Leadership across operational and administrative functions, and led the Enterprise Project Management Office and Corporate Communications Bureau.

Lauren is a Board Member of the Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association. She previously served as a member of the Alumni board of Hillfield-Strathallan College, as a mentor within the LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program at Deloitte Inc, as well as has held volunteer roles with health care and social service/child support agencies. She holds a Masters of Social Science & Economics in Intelligence & Strategic Studies from Aberystwyth University, and is an accredited Crisis Management Communications Professional from the International Consortium of Organizational Resilience.

Lauren will provide strategic leadership, direction and oversight for the general business, administration, and support functions across our organization.

Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich

Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich

Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich

Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich began his policing career in 2000, achieving the rank of Superintendent with Halton Regional Police Service. As a commander of units, including the Halton Regional Police’s Community Mobilization Bureau, Organizational Wellness and Human Resources, Deputy Milinovich led initiatives in service innovation, risk mitigation, and enhanced responses to mental health crisis and addictions. He has also played an integral role in developing the province's first Community Safety and Well-being plans.

On May 29, 2020, he was sworn in as Deputy Chief at Peel Regional Police. Since that time, he has continued his work as a subject matter expert in the Community Safety and Well-being model and has employed this model to highlight and shape Investigative and Emergency Services. In 2021, he was instrumental in the establishment of a ground-breaking partnership with the Safe Centre of Peel to create an Intimate Partner Violence unit to meet the needs of Peel’s diverse community. In addition, he facilitated to develop a gun and gangs violence reduction strategy, which subsequently led to the creation of a Guns and Gang Unit at Peel Regional Police.

Deputy Chief Milinovich is on the provincial Steering Committee for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. Nationally, he presents with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police on Intimate Partner Violence. He is also the Co-Chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Human Resources Committee, and is the Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Internal Support Network and the South Asian Collective Internal Support Network. He is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program and has completed the Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate at Rotman School of Management.

Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi

Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi

Deputy Chief Odoardi

Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi began his career in 1995 with Halton Regional Police where he worked in all aspects of Operations and Administration.  At the rank of Superintendent, Anthony led a number of strategic and innovative police initiatives, including the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN).  Anthony also provided oversight for special projects including enhancing police response and services for sexual assault survivors and implementation of electronic notes integration for front line officers.  In 2015, Anthony served as a Security Commander for the Pan AM Games and currently sits on the Board of Directors for RADIUS Child and Youth Services.

In May 2020, Anthony was appointed Deputy Chief with Peel Regional Police, and is responsible for Innovation and Technology Command.  Deputy Chief Odoardi hit the ground running by initiating PRP’s Digital Officer Transformation Program with a vision of becoming one of North America’s most progressive and innovative police services through improving the tools and supports available for over 3000 PRP employees.  Anthony implemented PRP’s first ever I.T. Strategic Roadmap and Frontline Mobile Strategy. 

Deputy Chief Odoardi also serves as the Managing Director of the PSBN Innovation Alliance (PIA). The PIA aims to provide a reliable, cost effective and cyber-secure data communication network to all first responders and critical infrastructure partners in Ontario and across Canada. More recently, Deputy Chief Odoardi was named as Chair of the Ontario Association Chiefs of Police Interagency Advisory Panel for Next Generation-911. 

Deputy Chief Odoardi also current serves as the Executive Sponsor of the PRP / OHRC Human Rights project aimed at identifying and eliminating system discrimination in policing.    

Legal Counsel

Sharon Wilmot

Sharon WilmotSharon Wilmot was called to the bar in 2008. Since 2017, she has been part of our organization as Executive Administration, Legal Services. She has experience in all legal aspects of policing including issues relating to privacy and privilege, Charter issues, matters relating to the Police Services Act and general risk management of public complaints and civil litigation. Sharon looks forward to continuing her work with Peel Regional Police.

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