James Page Mackey
|James Page Mackey|
|Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police|
|Preceded by||John Chisholm|
|Succeeded by||Harold Adamson|
|Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board of Ontario|
|Born||May 27, 1913|
|Died||February 27, 2009
|Spouse(s)||Anne (Wilen) Mackey|
James Page Mackey (May 27, 1913 – February 27, 2009) was chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police from 1958 to 1970 and the longest-serving Toronto police chief since the creation of the amalgamated police force in 1957.
Mackey graduated from high school in Scarborough, Ontario and thought of becoming a chemist or builder but, with work difficult to find during the Great Depression he found employment as a milkman when Toronto police sergeant Michael Byrt said to the young Mackey, "Lad, why don't you join the force? It's a good job and good jobs are hard to find these days."
Mackey joined the original Toronto Police Department in 1936, "Jim was the 20th of 20 men taken on," his wife, Anne, later recalled. "We were very happy."
He went on a leave of absence during World War II to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force and returned to the department after the war. He walked the beat, then became a detective and rose to the rank of junior inspector when, in 1958, he skipped two ranks to be appointed to be chief of police of the newly created Metropolitan Toronto Police following the suicide of Chief John Chisholm. The newly expanded department of 2,300 officers and civilians had been created the year before due to the amalgamation of the original Toronto Police Department with twelve suburban police departments.
- Longest-serving Toronto police chief, James Mackey, dies at 95, Toronto Star, February 28, 2009
- Edwards, Peter; Askew, Stacey (March 1, 2009). "Mackey, James Page, 95, "Honest Cop"". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved May 5, 2010.