Canadian region makes Amrik police service board chief

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| Brampton, Canada | 30 Jan 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Business leader and former Shell Canada GM made head of Peel regional police services board.
Business leader and former Shell Canada GM made head of Peel regional police services board.

A Canadian regional municipality with 1.4 million residents has appointed Amrik Singh Ahluwalia, a businessman and also a former general manager of Shell Canada, to head its police services board.

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey had nominated Amrik for the job as chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board effective 29 Jan 2016.

“Mr. Ahluwalia has served our community well for many years as a civilian member of this oversight board. I believe that, as Chair, he can provide the guidance, leadership and insight necessary to deal with the challenge of addressing community trust and confidence in our Peel Regional Police while also helping to foster innovation and modernization in Peel Police,” Jeffrey says in an Facebook update.

Amrik was first appointed to the board in 2011 and re-appointed for a second term in 2014.

The Region of Peel serves 1.4 million residents and approximately 143,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, according to the region’s website.

Amrik’s leadership could spell trouble for Peel police chief Jennifer Evans if she continues to challenge the board on the controversial issue of police street checks, known as carding in Toronto, according to one news report.

The board is the civilian body governing the Peel Regional Police. It is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services, law enforcement and crime prevention within the Region, a duty it discharges through the enactment of policies, according to information on the board’s website.

The board will generally determine, after consultation with the Chief of Police, objectives and priorities for the police service.

It is responsible for the police budget, oversees the actions of the Chief of Police and is the employer for the police service.

Amrik is a business leader with extensive background in manufacturing and petro-chemicals. He retired from Shell Canada as General Manager after 29 years in various capacities in projects, strategy, optimization and creating new opportunities, according to information made available on the board’s website.

It adds that Amrik has organised several youth camps, served as President of Sikh Society Calgary and is the founding director of Khalsa Credit Union, Calgary. He is a volunteer with Seva Food Bank Mississauga.

Amrik has a Masters in Engineering from Carleton University and an MBA from McMaster University. Amrik is a keen golfer and likes to travel. He lives in Brampton with Inderbir, his wife of 40 years.

 

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