Former OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis Named Public Safety Analyst, CTV News

— April 23, 2014

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TORONTO (April 23, 2014) – CTV News has enlisted the expertise of 35-year veteran and former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, Chris Lewis as the network’s go-to resource for policing and public safety-related news. The recently retired commissioner and former co-host of CP24’s THE COMMISH, will become CTV News’ public safety analyst, informing viewers on news stories from the unique point-of-view of a seasoned senior police officer.


Appearing on an ad hoc basis, Lewis’ new role as public safety analyst will see him appear across all CTV News properties.


“I am thrilled to join the CTV news team and to be able to provide commentary and analysis on critical public safety matters,” said Lewis. “Keeping the public properly informed on these important issues is vital to CTV and to me.”



Chris Lewis, CTV News Public Safety Analyst



“We are excited to welcome Chris Lewis to the CTV News team as our public safety analyst,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Chris’ expertise will be invaluable in giving our viewers an informed opinion on the role and impact of our police forces in breaking news events.”


Beginning his career as a Provincial Constable in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Lewis rose through the ranks to become the OPP Commissioner in August, 2010. Throughout his tenure, he oversaw numerous high-profile assignments, from homicide and organized crime investigations to tactical operations and the OPP’s involvement in numerous security operations including U.S. presidential visits to Ontario. A decorated police official, he was the first police officer to have been awarded all three levels of the Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces, presented by three successive Governor Generals.


In addition to his many career achievements, Lewis remains a strong advocate for community-based initiatives including the United Way, and currently sits on the board of directors for Special Olympics Ontario.











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