09/25/2012 17:10 EDT | Updated 11/25/2012 05:12 EST

Peel names first female police chief

Peel Region is getting its first female chief of police.

Deputy Chief Jennifer Evans has been given the nod from the Peel police services board to become its sixth chief of police since 1974, capping a 29-year career with the force.

Evans has worked in numerous roles for Peel police, including more than eight years on its criminal investigations squad.

She also assisted a judicial review into how police investigated sex murderer Paul Bernardo.

She replaces outgoing Chief Mike Metcalf, who announced this spring he was resigning after four decades with the force.

Evans will be sworn in early next month. Peel Regional Police is the second largest municipal police body in Ontario and patrols Brampton and Mississauga.