The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to announce that Chief Superintendent Craig Abrams has been appointed Bureau Commander of the Investigation and Enforcement Bureau (IEB), effective August 21, 2023. Ontario is one of the few jurisdictions in the world that has a dedicated and fully integrated police bureau attached to the regulator. The IEB provides investigative expertise, intelligence support and effective information sharing to external law enforcement, the AGCO, as well as other regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders, to ensure integrity and public safety within the AGCO regulated sectors.
Chief Superintendent Abrams began his career with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 1995 at the former Shelburne Detachment. He went on to work in various roles and areas, including Professional Standards Bureau, as Area Crime Supervisor at Leeds Detachment, as Major Case Manager in the Criminal Investigation Branch and as Crime Prevention Manager and Director of Support and Operations in East Region. Chief Superintendent Abrams has served as the Strategic Commander for various major events, including the Tyendinaga Rail Blockades and the Freedom Convoy events in Ottawa. He holds an Honours Diploma in Law and Security-Policing from Loyalist College, a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Executive Development in Policing Program from the Canadian Police College. Chief Superintendent Abrams is the recipient of an OPP Accolade Award for Team Achievement and the Police Exemplary Service Medal (20 years).
Chief Superintendent Abrams replaces departing Chief Superintendent Alison Jevons who announced her retirement earlier this summer after almost 30 years with the OPP. Chief Superintendent Jevons joined the IEB in August 2020. During her time with the AGCO, she has provided extraordinary leadership to the IEB and the AGCO. Chief Jevons successfully helped guide both organizations through the pandemic, provided strong executive leadership to vital AGCO initiatives, and expertly guided police involvement in all the AGCO’s lines of business. Under Chief Jevons’ leadership, the IEB made significant progress on such important matters as anti-money laundering, human trafficking and casino intelligence and operations.
The AGCO welcomes Chief Abrams and extends its sincere gratitude to Chief Jevons for her years of strong leadership and many significant contributions.