Release Date: November 17, 2022


Today, Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely announced her upcoming retirement from the Kingston Police after 38 years of service as a police officer.


“Chief McNeely has held a number of positions in the Police Service, and has been Chief since 2018,” said Jarrod Stearns, Chair of the Kingston Police Services Board. “She has loyally served the people of Kingston and has been a champion of diversity and equality, both internally and externally. She has been a strong advocate for disadvantaged persons and underrepresented groups. Chief McNeely will be remembered for reaching out and collaborating with external agencies and initiatives, like Kingston Speaks Inclusion, to address inequities and the root causes of crime. The Kingston Police Services Board wishes Chief McNeely all the very best in her future endeavours.”


Chief Antje McNeely addressed her upcoming retirement with the following statement:


I am announcing my retirement as of December 31, 2023, having proudly served over 38 years of service with the Kingston Police; 7 years as Deputy Chief and 5 years as Chief of Police.


Throughout my tenure as Chief, I have been committed to the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion as well as member wellness within our organization and to emphasize a holistic approach to community safety and well-being. We cannot do it alone, as it requires police working together with our community and partners to understand and address the root causes of societal issues.


It has been an honour to work with each and every member of our service, and I’m incredibly proud of the work they do each and every day, 365 days a year, in keeping our community safe. I’d also like to thank the members of the Kingston Police Services Board - present and past; our Police Association; and our community for their confidence and support during my tenure as Chief.