Keith Merith
4th President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers

Keith Merith, a 28 year Police veteran, has been with the York Regional Police Service (Y.R.P.) since 1986 and has achieved the rank of Inspector. Keith is presently assigned to the Investigative Services Branch as the Officer in Charge of the Organized Crime Bureau. His previous assignments at Y.R.P. have included the Drugs and Vice Unit, Uniform Patrol, Training and Education Bureau as an Academic / Use of Force Instructor and later as Officer-in-Charge, Use of Force Instructor, and as the primary facilitator of the Y.R.P. Employment Equity and Race Relations Program.  Keith has also worked in Old Clothes, Criminal Investigations, Intelligence, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, Duty Inspectors Office, and Officer in Charge of the Organized Crime Bureau.

A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer who is heavily connected to the community, Keith is also a former member of the Chiefs Community Council, and an original member of the Y.R.P. Employment Equity Committee. He has served in many different capacities in several different community organizations over the years.
 
Keith was the first Y.R.P. Officer to be assigned a six month special assignment seconded position in local high schools teaching race relations, police and youth perceptions and law related courses.
 
Keith has enjoyed rich and fulfilling careers in several fields prior to Policing which include five years as a Child Care Worker with the (then) Ministry of Community and Social Services, and two years as a Correctional Officer at Maplehurst Correctional facility.
 
Keith holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Guelph. He is a graduate of the Rotmans School of Business Police Leadership Program, and the Humber College Law and Security Administration Program. Along with his other academic accomplishments Keith is also a graduate of the Ontario Management Development Program with a major in Leadership Skills.
 
With the Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E.) Keith was an Executive Member prior to 2011 when he was elected as the fourth President of A.B.L.E.



Roy Smiley
3rd President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers
Roy R. Smiley was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. After graduation from high school, he started his working career as a Conciliation Officer with one of Jamaica’s two major trade unions. He worked in that position for two years, before immigrating to Canada in 1971.

Upon his arrival in Canada, Roy worked in the private sector for two years, before attending the University of Toronto from 1973 to 1977, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in the social sciences.

After graduation, Roy returned to the workforce working in the private sector, before taking a position with the Ontario Government in 1985, as a Correctional Officer in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. In 1987, he was appointed

as a Probation and Parole Officer in the said ministry. He remained in that position until 2004, when he transferred to the Ministry of Children And Youth Services as a Probation Officer. Roy has been in that position since then.

Roy became a member of A.B.L.E. in 1992, and was elected Treasurer in 1998, serving one term. He was re-elected as treasurer for two terms from 2003 to 2006, and was the Chair of the 1998 and 1999 Awards Ball Committees, and again from 2003 to 2011. In addition to serving one term as Community Services Issues Officer.




 

Chris Bullen
2nd President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers
Inspector Bullen is a 22 year veteran officer of the York Regional Police Service. He started his career in September 1988 at 2 District in Richmond Hill as a uniform officer.
He would later transfer to 5 District Headquarters in Markham and serve as the original “Street Beat” officer in Markham with the local high schools and the community for 3 years. He would work in other units such as The CORE unit, C.I.B., Old Clothes, Public Order, Community Service Bureau, and the Traffic Bureau. 

Inspector Bullen holds a two Bachelor Degrees, one from Carlton University in Ottawa, and the other from Guelph University in Guelph. He holds several certificates from Seneca College in Adult/Staff training, Ontario Management and Human Resources Management. He is a graduate of the Ontario Police College with several courses such as Media Relations, Supervisors Management, Major Case Management, the LEADER course, and the Incident Command course in Ottawa. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Toronto Rotman’s School of Business - Police Leadership Program.

Inspector Bullen is very active in the community. At present, he holds the office of Vice President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE), York University Scholarship Selection Committee with the Randall Dooley Scholarship Foundation, York Regional District School Board Race Relation Advisory Committee, and Bill Crothers Secondary School Parent Council – where he chair’s the Governance Sub-committee. He is also the founder and chair of the H.O.P.E. Organization (Helping Other Prosper Equally), an organization dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate. 

At present he holds the position as Duty Inspector within York Regional Police.






David Mitchell
1st President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers

With a varied background in Community Youth work, Criminal Justice and Diversity, David Mitchell is the founding President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E.). In 1990 he joined Ontario’s Correctional Services as a Correctional Officer and was assigned to the Toronto Jail. He has held progressively responsible positions including Sergeant Captain, Assistant Anti-Racism Coordinator, Contract Compliance Monitor and Deputy Superintendent. In September of 2007, the Commissioner of Corrections appointed David as the head of the new provincial Corrections Criminal Intelligence Unit. In May of 2009, he was promoted to Superintendent and assigned to the Mimico Correctional Centre. In November of 2011, David received an executive promotion as the Director of Probation and Parole for the Central Region.

David has spoken internationally in the United States, United Kingdom, Jamaica, and South Africa on the role of Minority Law Enforcement Associations in Police/Community Relations. In 2004, David received the Ontario Ombudsman’s award for excellence in complaint resolution. In 2008, he was recognized by the Government of Jamaica with an award for excellence in Criminal Justice. Again in 2008, David received the Ministry of Community Safety Ovation award for pioneering in the area of Security Threat Group Management. In 2011, he received the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement President’s Award and recently in April 2012 David received the African Canadian Achievement Award for Law.

David is a regular guest speaker at the Ontario Police College and sits as a Director on the Board of Directors for the International Social Justice Institute based in Atlanta Georgia. In March of 2008, Mayor David Miller of the City of Toronto appointed David as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the first former resident to head the Board of the largest social housing provider in Canada. In 2010 David was appointed to the Advisory Board for the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Leaders for the future!