Time for a Female Deputy Chief of Police in Hamilton

By Joey Coleman // @JoeyColeman
Published: Mar 28 2017 (3 months ago) // Last Updated: Mar 29 2017 (3 months ago)

This is a corrected post, Hamilton had a female Deputy Chief in the early 90s

With the unexpected decision of Deputy Police Chief Ken Weatherill to take the Deputy Chief position with his hometown Barrie Police Service, the Hamilton Police Board must appoint a replacement.

There are many qualified female senior police officers in the Hamilton Police Service, and neighbouring police services - it is time (again) for a female Deputy Chief in Hamilton.

Women are serving in policing in record numbers, especially in the Hamilton Police Service.

Yet, all three of Hamilton's Chiefs are men. Of the seven members of the Police Board, only one is a woman.

This means of the 10 very top decision makers in the Hamilton Police Service, only one of them is a woman.

How is it in 2017 that only one woman is in a decision making capacity overseeing our police force?

How is it in 2017 that Hamilton has never had a female Deputy Chief of Police?

CORRECTION: Terry Cooke, past chair of the former regional police board, writes to me:

"Hamilton has had a female Deputy Chief. Her name is Christine Silverberg and I hired her about 1990/91 when I Chaired the PSB. She went on to become the first female Chief in Calgary. Otherwise I agree with your argument about the abundance of talented female senior officer candidates"

How it is in 2017, I can reasonably ask if we'll see a female Chief of Police in my lifetime?

The time for Hamilton's first female Chief of Police was over two decades ago; that I'm writing this in 2017 points to the existence of a glass ceiling thicker than the boards at Copps Coliseum.

It's time for a Female Deputy Chief of Police in Hamilton.

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