Executive Members


President: Chief Peter McIsaac, M.O.M., BTech(Emergency Management)

Peter McIsaac was appointed Chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) in May 2011.

Chief McIsaac began his policing career in 1986, working his way through the ranks with experience in foot patrol, community policing, drug enforcement, homicide investigations, specialized teams, incident command, training, audit, finance and management of operations. He is a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Management from Cape Breton University. He has obtained further education from the Canadian Police College, Henson College, Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University, and is a “Subject Matter Expert” for the Basic Investigation Skills course offered through Canadian Police Knowledge Network.

The Chief is President of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association and also serves as the Nova Scotia representative to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).

Chief McIsaac is a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Nova Scotia Medal for Police Long Service and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, in honour of outstanding contributions to the community, province and country. Most recently, Chief McIsaac was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, an award from the Governor General of Canada honouring leadership, exceptional service and duty, and contributions to policing, community development and fostering relationships.

Chief Peter McIsaac resides in New Waterford with his wife Lydia and has two sons, Brett and Craig.

Vice President: Deputy Chief Robin McNeil, M.O.M.

Robin McNeil was sworn in as Deputy Chief of Halifax Regional Police in May 2017.

He began police training in 1988, and his experience includes progressive roles in patrol, investigations, training and administration. Prior his promotion to Deputy Chief, he served as the officer-in-charge of the Patrol Division. Internationally, Deputy McNeil first served in Hannover, Germany in 2000 as part of EXPO 2000. In 2012, he was seconded to the RCMP and the Government of Canada to work in Afghanistan and then again in 2015 for a short-term assignment in Ukraine.

Deputy Chief McNeil’s professional affiliations include the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Associates and the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association (NSCPA). A lifelong volunteer, he’s currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics is the Vice President of NSCPA, a member of the National Police Services Advisory Committee, a member of the CACP Ethics Committee and a member of the National Port Security Committee.

Deputy Chief McNeil graduated from Athabasca University with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as The Master Class on Police Reform through the International Security Sector Advisory Team.

He is the recipient of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the South West Asia Operational Service Medal with rotation bar, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the European Security and Defense Policy Medal EUPOL Afghanistan bar, the Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Medal with bar.

Treasurer:  Superintendent Brenda Young

Superintendent Young is the officer-in-charge of Administration with the Halifax Regional Police. She oversees human resources, training, finance, fleet and information management.

She began her policing career in 1988, serving two years with Toronto Police Service before returning to Halifax to work in policing here at home. Since that time, she has worked in many areas, including patrol, media relations, vice, drugs, training and audit and policy/quality assurance. Superintendent Young was the course coordinator for the 2007 in-house Police Science Program. Prior to her appointment as Officer-in-Charge of the Administration Division, she served as Divisional Commander of East Division.

Superintendent Young sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Human Resources and Learning Committee, and is the Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. She’s also a Level 2 Critical Incident Commander. Outside of policing, she has volunteered with The Boys and Girls Club of Dartmouth as a board member as well as with The Salvation Army and Girl Guides of Canada.

Superintendent Young holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Degree from Dalhousie University.

She is the recipient of a Women of Excellence Award from the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Police Exemplary service medal and the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Medal.

Secretary: Chief Julia Cecchetto

Chief Cecchetto began her policing career with Halifax Regional Police in 1990 upon graduation from the Atlantic Police Academy.    She has worked in patrol, investigations and administration, including stints in the mounted d vision, professional standards, GIS, community relations and crime prevention, as well as training. She was also responsible for managing the police records management system, the police radio system and the third party contract with Commissionaires Nova Scotia.

She was the Divisional Commander for West Division from 2015-2017.   She is also a level II Incident Commander.

In Oct 2017, she retired from Halifax Regional Police and moved to Kentville Police Service to become Chief.

Outside of work, she has organized equestrian events and is currently working towards becoming an Equestrian Canada Steward. Cecchetto has pursed educational opportunities through both Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.

Past President:  Chief David MacNeil, Truro Police Service

David MacNeil is a nineteen year member of the Truro Police Service and in October 2008 was promoted to Chief of Police. During that time he served as patrol Constable, then Corporal and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2000 where he served as shift supervisor until August of 2005 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief.  David has a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Sociology from Saint Mary’s University, and is a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy.  He has completed further studies at Dalhousie University,  the Canadian Police College, and the Atlantic Police Academy.  David graduated from the Executive Development in Policing Program at the Canadian Police College in October 2007 and is the reciepiant of the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Medal.

David serves on several training and advisory committees in Nova Scotia. He is a member of both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, an Executive member of the  Nova Scotia Chief’s of Police Association, and volunteers as a coach with Truro and Area Minor hockey, Central Colchester Soccer Association, and the Colchester  Basketball Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Colchester East Hants Mental Health Association and the Central Colchester Soccer Association.


The Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association has representation at the executive leadership level from all Municipal Police services, the RCMP, Military Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout Nova Scotia.

Members of the association represent the interests of the Nova Scotia police community on many committees at the local, provincial and national level.