Inspector Sheri Meeks was raised in the hamlet of Roslin. She attended Centre Hastings Secondary in Madoc where she received the Governor General’s Medal in Education. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies/Legal Studies (Dean’s List) from the University of Waterloo, and her Bachelor of Education and Ontario Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Toronto. In 2019, she went back to the University of Toronto and attended their Rotman Senior Police Leadership course.
Inspector Meeks began her policing career with Belleville in 1996 as a Constable working general patrol. She became a Coach Officer and a Crisis Negotiator before transferring to the Criminal Investigation Unit in 2006 where she worked in the Sexual Assault Unit and as the Domestic Violence Coordinator. In 2010, she was promoted to Sergeant and worked as a Patrol Sergeant and then the Sergeant in Courts. Inspector Meeks became an Acting Staff Sergeant before she was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 2015 where she began a new position as Executive Officer. She was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2016, and has since worked as both the Divisional Commander of Uniform Operations and the Inspector of the Support Division.
Inspector Meeks is a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Innovation Award from the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE), and the Order of Merit from the Governor General. This year, she was recognized by her local community and Chamber of Commerce when she was awarded the Cornerstone Citizenship of the year award.
Throughout her career, Inspector Meeks has been an advocate for mental health and has been a facilitator and organizer for LEADS mental health training for new officers, first responders, and social services and has worked part-time at Loyalist College teaching in the Police Foundations program.
Inspector Meeks proposed, developed, and partnered with the OPP and Addictions and Mental Health, HPE to facilitate and implement the IMPACT team (Integrated Mobile Police and Co-response Team) providing support to police in assisting members of our community struggling with mental health and addiction issues. It has become a huge success and has now received full funding of almost two million dollars by the government to become a permanent program.