CATHY BELL, Director

Cathy has been in policing in the province of Ontario for over 26 years, having started her career with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in 1989. In 1994 she became a member of the OPP at the Thessalon Detachment.  Cathy transferred to Orillia Detachment the next year and spent several years in Central Region Crime.  She was the first Abuse Issues Coordinator for Central Region.

In 2000 Cathy was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Information Technologies Bureau and worked on several projects including the Mobile Workstation Project. She spent a year as the Provincial Abuse Issues Coordinator in the Crime Prevention Section and was also named the first Ontario AMBER Alert Coordinator for the province of Ontario.

In 2006 she began working as a Staff Sergeant Executive Officer for the Deputy of Field Command and then Corporate Services Command. During the next few years, she was posted to several temporary assignments as Operations Manager and Acting Inspector for Southern Georgian Bay, Huronia West and Collingwood OPP Detachments.

In 2012 Cathy was assigned as Acting Inspector in OPP Corporate Communications and in June of the same year was permanently assigned to the Municipal Policing Bureau as a Case Manager for East and Central Regions during which time she had a busy portfolio including assisting with the transition to the revised OPP billing model and leading the Quality Assurance Unit.

In the fall of 2014 she was assigned to an Acting Inspector position in OPP Uniform Recruitment and remained in that position until her promotion to Inspector Detachment Commander in the City of Kawartha Lakes in July of 2015.

Cathy attained her Bachelor of Human Services in Police Studies degree and is currently working on her Master’s Degree through the Master of Integrated Studies (MAIS) Program at Athabasca University.

She has been a supporter of Friends of The OPP Museum since its inception, and an organizer of and a participant in the running portion of our annual Pedal for the Past.

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