Chief Jennifer Evans began her career with Peel Regional Police in 1983 when she joined as a Cadet. Since that time she has progressed throughout the organization with notable assignments which include the Uniform branch, Youth Bureau and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. In 1996 she assisted Justice Archie Campbell in the Review involving serial rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo and later accepted a two year secondment to work as a Violent Crime Analyst at the Provincial ViCLAS Centre in Orillia. Chief Evans also worked throughout the Province for the Office of the Chief Coroner as an investigator and conducted several in-custody death investigations that were subject to mandatory inquests. Upon her return to Peel she worked as a Detective in Homicide & Missing Persons Bureau, and several promotions later returned as the Inspector in Charge.
In 2008 Chief Evans was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
As Deputy Chief, in October 2010, she was seconded to conduct a review of the Missing Women Investigations in lower mainland British Columbia. She reviewed thousands of documents and conducted numerous interviews with police officers involved in the initial investigation of Robert Pickton prior to his arrest in February 2002. In January 2012 she testified at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry regarding her report. Chief Evans’ knowledge and experience is recognized both provincially and nationally.
On October 12th, 2012 she was appointed as Chief of the Peel Regional Police.
In May of 2013, Chief Evans was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and on June 25, 2014 Chief Evans became the president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P.) after spending the previous three years on the O.A.C.P. Executive.