OPP announce new leadership

The Ontario Provincial Police are welcoming two new leaders to the Rainy River District.

Inspector Shaun Crabbe is taking over the role as Detachment Commander, to replace Inspector Nathan Schmidt, who is retiring at the end of April.

“Looking back at the past 3½ years, I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Rainy River District’s dedicated and committed civilian and uniform OPP employees, the Atikokan and Fort Frances Police Service Boards, the municipalities and all our community partners. Inspector Crabbe, welcome to the Rainy River District. I have no doubt you will enjoy your work here as much as I have,” said Inspector Schmidt.

Inspector Crabbe is no stranger to the North West Region having been the Detachment Commander in Red Lake back in 2014. He returns to the region with a wealth of leadership experience and the desire to provide a high standard of policing to the people of the Rainy River District.

Inspector Shaun Crabbe was appointed to the Ontario Provincial Police on 03 January 2006 after serving 6 years with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves in New Brunswick.

Inspector Crabbe commenced his career with the OPP in West Region at Grey County Detachment and then in 2010 served at the Bruce Peninsula Detachment.

Inspector Crabbe was then seconded as a Detective Constable to the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau in Mount Forest before being promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and transferring to North West Region as the Detachment Commander in Pickle Lake. 

In 2014 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and Commander of the Red Lake Detachment, which included oversight of operations in the Pikangikum First Nation and the OPP’s Provincial Deployment Program.

In 2019 Inspector Crabbe became Commander of the West Parry Sound Detachment and was soon thereafter promoted to Inspector and Commander of the James Bay Detachment in August, 2019 and overseeing overall operations in the Hearst, Kapuskasing, Cochrane and Moosonee areas.

Inspector Crabbe is a Critical Incident Commander (CIC). CICs command and oversee the OPP’s integrated response to high risk incidents such as, but not limited to: hostage takings, armed barricaded subjects, high risk warrant executions, high risk canine tracks and high risk VIP and witness protection incidents.

Inspector Crabbe is currently assigned to the OPP’s North East Region Headquarters as the Regional Manager of Traffic & Marine.

Inspector Crabbe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology and Criminology from St. Thomas University and recently completed a Certificate in Police Leadership and Management Development from Dalhousie University.

Inspector Crabbe becomes the Commander of the Rainy River District Detachment on 05 July 2021.

Welcoming him aboard will be the new Regional Commander for the North West Region. Chief Superintendent Bryan Mackillop stepped into the role as Regional Commander earlier this week, and will oversee the operations of nine detachments, with over 400 uniform officers and 500,000 square kilometres of terrain. He will replace current Chief Superintendent Dave Lucas, who retires at the end of April.

The Ontario Provincial Police have announced a new leader for the North West Region as current Chief Superintendent Dave Lucas retires at the end of April. Chief Superintendent Bryan Mackillop is stepping into the role as Regional Commander and will oversee the operations of 9 detachments, with over 400 uniform officers and 500,000 square kilometres of terrain.

Out-going Chief Superintendent Dave Lucas has spent his whole career in the North West Region and will always remember the strong personal relationships policing has granted him over the past 30 years.

“I have worked with the best of the best and spent all of my OPP career in the North West Region, the greatest in the Province. I want to congratulate and welcome Chief Superintendent Bryan MacKillop back to the North West Region as your new Regional Commander.”

Chief Superintendent Mackillop has been a member of the OPP since 1998. Starting his career in Marathon as a frontline officer, he quickly developed a name for himself as a skilled highway drug interdiction officer. His efforts were recognized internationally and he was seconded to teach the Drug Interdiction Course at the OPP Academy in Orillia. He also served in Marathon as the acting Detachment Commander, Kenora as the Operations Manager, Hawkesbury Detachment as the Inspector/Commander prior to assuming the Manager of Uniform Recruitment role and that of Executive Officer to the Commissioner. Promoted in 2017 to Superintendent/Director, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau,  he oversaw the delivery of complex criminal investigations and projects that spanned the province.

Chief Superintendent MacKillop plans to enhance public trust and confidence by serving and interacting with our communities with respect, compassion and fairness.

“I have spent the majority of my career serving the citizens of the North West Region having worked in both Marathon and Kenora. I am very excited to be back and in a role that allows me to collaborate with all of our communities, First Nations, stakeholders and members. I want to be engaged, to help address the unique issues that impact our area of the province. I will be there for our officers and those who rely on the OPP. I am committed to being a strong advocate for our Region.”