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Retired Chief Laurie Hayman – Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service

Chief Hayman is the epitome of a trailblazer, with a career filled with “firsts”.

Before becoming a sworn officer she spent time as an Auxiliary Officer with London Police and as a Campus Police Officer with the University of Western.

From there she began her policing career in 1986 when she joined St. Thomas Police as their first female officer. During her time with St. Thomas, she became the first female to achieve the rank of Sergeant.

Her career spanned four decades with three services, St. Thomas Police Service, London Police Service and Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service.

In 2012, she became the Chief of Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service and at the time was one of only 13 female Police Chiefs in Canadian history as well as the first openly gay Chief of Police in the country.

During her time as Chief, she dramatically increased the number of women officers and held several high profile positions on the OACP HR and D&I committees. Governor General David Johnston inducted her into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2014. She was also the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In 2016, OWLE recognized Chief Hayman with the Heritage Award. This award recognizes females who possess outstanding mentoring and leadership skills and has contributed in a significant manner to the advancement of women in law enforcement.

In October 2017, Serving with Pride honoured Chief Hayman with the Visibility Award. She was recognized for her dedication to opening doors to those in the LGBTQ+ community who may not have been in a position to do so.

Chief Hayman is a trailblazer leading the charge of strong female role models and OWLE is proud to have her as a member.

Chief Hayman, enjoy your well-deserved retirement! You have set the bar high and have inspired a new generation of strong female leaders!

Ontario Women in Law Enforcement
Milton, Ontario
L9T 0L8

President: Lisa Hewison - Peel Regional Police

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