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.
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 Chiefs 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 in September 2012.
Steve has been actively involved with a variety of organizations, boards and sports teams over the years. He has served as the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, he has served as the Chair of the Governing Body of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario and has been on the CISO Executive for 10 years.
In January 2012, he was appointed by the Governor General of Canada as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
Steve is thrilled to be back home in Halton and to have the opportunity to continue to service in his role as Chief of Police.