Serving as Chief of Police since July 1, 2019, Chief Dan Kinsella leads Halifax Regional Police (HRP), Atlantic Canada’s largest municipal police service.
Chief Kinsella began his policing career in 1986 progressing to the rank of Deputy Chief with Hamilton Police Service (HPS) prior to his current role as Chief of Police with HRP. Working with national and provincial law enforcement partners, Chief Kinsella acted as HPS’ command lead for multi-jurisdictional investigations and major case management, including, homicide, provincial internet child exploitation, human trafficking, fraud, drug and weapons investigations and traditional organized crime investigations.
Chief Kinsella is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the FBI National Academy (FBINA). He serves on the Canadian Police College Advisory Board and is Past President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter Board. He is also a life member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).
Chief Kinsella was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces for distinguished policing, community and public service. In recognition of his commitment to policing and the community, he has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. As a member of the Pan Am Games Team, he received the Hamilton City’s Hamilton Public Service Excellence.
Throughout his career, he has actively contributed to numerous community initiatives. These include his advocacy, volunteerism and service as part of the annual United Way Harbour Swim, Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run, as past-President of the John Howard Society Board of Directors, representing Hamilton, Burlington and area, as well as, Chair and member of the Banyan Community Services Board of Directors. Chief Kinsella was a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Women’s Services Advisory Committee and volunteered as Director with HPS “Project Concern”- an in-house community outreach program.
Chief Kinsella is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Rotman School of Business. He holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies from McMaster University.