Guelph Police Service

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Guelph Police Service
Guelph Police logo.svg
MottoPride, Service, Trust
Agency overview
HeadquartersGuelph, Ontario

Sworn members196
Unsworn members84
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Official website
School safety patrol vehicle of the community services unit

The Guelph Police Service (GPS) is the police force for the city of Guelph, Ontario. The GPS was formed in 1827 with the founding of the city, and has grown to an authorized strength of 197 sworn officers (184 actual officers in 2007), a civilian staff of 84 and serves a population of around 120,000.[1] The chief of police is Gordon Cobey and the departmental headquarters are located at 15 Wyndham Street South. The force is governed by the Police Services Act of Ontario, under which a five-member civilian "police services board" is responsible for the Guelph police.


Nearly 200 police officers and 80 civilian employees make up the Guelph Police Service (2011 report).[2] Each officer must contain several prerequisites and complete a series of application stages in order to reach employment. Applicant testing service (ATS) is the first step when completing the necessary prerequisites. This three-stage analysis tests diagnostic, writing, mathematic, and fitness skills and is a requirement for all policing applicants in Ontario. After ATS completion interview scheduling follows.

The staff of a police service includes various positions and units. Police constable is a position where officers develop relationships through community interaction. Through law enforcement and crime prevention, this position allows officers to ensure public safety.[3] Constable is not the only position, or the only way for the residents of the Guelph region, to fight crime. Several civilian openings are given each year, such as managerial and supportive positions. These job opportunities require specialized skills and knowledge in order to adjust to the ever-changing front-line setting.[4]

The service annually awards valuable contributions with the title of "Member of the Year", "Award for Excellence in Support Services", "Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation", and "Chief's Commendation for Policing Excellence". [5]

Inquiries and service[edit]

In order to perform with efficiency, multiple services have been instituted. Court services, for example, is a unit that is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all persons inside a court room. The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) allows all Ontario residents the right to request information held by all police services. This right also necessitates these police services to protect all information including administrative documents and personal intelligence of all Ontario's inhabitants.[6]

GPS branches[edit]

  • Critical incident response team (CIRT) - 21 members
  • Downtown/tactical team - 13 members
  • Downtown liaison
  • Neighbourhood teams
  • Canine
  • Traffic
  • Strike liaison
  • Civil emergencies
  • Bike patrol
  • Crime analyst
  • Criminal investigations
  • Drugs and intelligence
  • Forensic identification
  • Communications
  • Community relations
  • Training



  • Mobile command unit - converted RV

Past vehicles[edit]


  1. ^ 2007 Annual Report
  2. ^ "2011 Annual Report" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Police Constables".
  4. ^ "Civilian Opportunities".
  5. ^ "Rewards and Recognition".
  6. ^ "Freedom of Information".

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