Chief of Police Stephen Tanner was born in Oakville, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph before entering the policing profession as a member of the Halton Regional Police Service in the fall of 1982.
As a member of the Halton Regional Police Service, Steve worked in a variety of areas, including uniformed patrol, criminal investigations, tactical rescue, training, intelligence, and major crime (homicide as well as forensic polygraph examination). He also served as an elected representative and as the Chair of the Halton Regional Police Association. During his tenure he was also actively involved at the provincial level with the Police Association of Ontario.
In 1998, Steve accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Operations with the Guelph Police Service, a position he held until relocating to Belleville as the Deputy Chief in 2000.
In 2001, Steve graduated from the Master of Public Administration degree program at the University of Western Ontario, a three-year course of study that spanned some of his time in Halton as well as Guelph and culminated while with the Belleville Police Service. The program focusses on municipal government and business and is particularly relevant to senior police management in a municipal setting.
In January 2002, he was chosen as Belleville’s Chief of Police. At that time and at the age of 41, Steve was one of the youngest, if not the youngest, Chief of Police in Canada. In November 2008, Steve became the Chief of the Kingston Police Force, a position he held for over three years.
In June 2012, Steve was named the next Chief of the Halton Regional Police Service and commenced his duties with Halton on September 1.
Steve has been actively involved over many years with a variety of organizations and boards, including the Children’s Aid Society, Belleville General Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and a variety of sports teams and organizations. He is currently President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and has served as the Chair of the Governing Body of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario.
In February 2010, he was designated as a Certified Municipal Manager Level III (the highest level) by the Ontario Municipal Management Institute, and in January 2012, he was appointed by the Governor General of Canada as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.