Chief Herman was sworn in at the conclusion of the association’s 2010 annual conference in Kingston. He takes over from Chief Dan Parkinson of the Cornwall Community Police Service and is the first chief from Thunder Bay to become OACP president.
A decorated, 30-year police veteran, Chief Herman joined the Thunder Bay Police Service in 1980 and was appointed chief in 2000. In 2005, he initiated a Diversity in Policing project, which included biased free policing training for all Thunder Bay Police Service members. Chief Herman is past chair of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario and has held a number of positions within the OACP during his career.
"Chief Robert Herman brings impressive credentials to the OACP presidency. In addition to his commitment to diversity within law enforcement, he is a strong voice for both northern and First Nations policing communities. I would like to congratulate President Herman on his appointment and look forward to working with him."
– Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
The OACP represents Ontario’s police chiefs and senior police leaders across the province.
The association was formed in 1933 as the Police Association of Ontario, and has approximately 1,200 members.