OPP Commissioner Comments – Passing of Hon. Lincoln Alexander
ORILLIA, ON, Oct. 19, 2012 /CNW/ – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Chris Lewis releases the following statement on the passing of the Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander, former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario and Honorary Commissioner of the OPP.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police, I am saddened by the passing of Honorary Commissioner, the Hon. Lincoln Alexander.
His decades of service to the people of Hamilton and the province of Ontario, and the dignity with which he carried himself – including many occasions as Honorary Commissioner of the OPP – serve as a lasting tribute and provide continuing inspiration for every member of our organization.
I’m reminded of his comments as we marked his 80th birthday in 2002. Mr. Alexander said ‘Being an Ontario Provincial Police officer is a wonderful career opportunity for today’s young people. Any job can be dangerous…but it is a remarkable opportunity for young people if they want a productive life.” I couldn’t agree more.
The OPP provincial headquarters building in Orillia was aptly named in his honour when it was officially opened in 1995. It serves as a reminder to all who pass through its doors of the physical, intellectual and ethical stature of this man; his many civil rights, equality and humanitarian accomplishments; and the unflinching and empathetic support he provided to the OPP.
We offer our sincerest condolences to Mr. Alexander’s family and our immense gratitude for his service.”