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n this Partner Profile we speak with Ross Bingley. Ross is retired from the OPP as an Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau Commander, Chief Superintendent. He began his career in 1979 and retired in 2009. He was the recipient of the Order of Merit from the Governor General of Canada for his leadership role in law enforcement efforts in relation to combating organized crime. He held the Director Position in the O.P.P. elite Criminal Investigation Branch which is responsible for homicide and high-profile investigations across the province. He has been the Officer in Charge of Joint Force Units such as the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Unit and the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit. He was the Director of the Ontario Major Case Management Unit which tracks serial predators across the province. Needless to say, Ross knows the bad guys, where they are and how they operate.

He also served as the Bureau Commander for the O.P.P. Career Development Bureau which is responsible for all human resources and training issues for the 9000 civilian and uniform members of the Force, and he is a lifelong teacher and trainer.

Ross’ dedication for teaching and training comes through with his other lifelong passion. He currently is the Director of Street Arts Security where he specializes in self-defense training. He is a Kung Fu Black Belt and has been a martial artist for 50 years. The Street Arts Program has trained thousands of women in street proofing and self defence since 1982. He also teaches Kick Boxing at various facilities in the Central Ontario.

Ross relates how personal security is for everyone regardless of age and that seniors need to have a safety network that can include various members from family, friends, and support workers. He believes that being safe can be accomplished through knowledge, awareness and caring.