Director, Government Relations and Communications, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
Joe Couto is a veteran public policy and communications professional who brings 31 years of proven experience to meeting the government relations and communication needs of Ontario’s police leaders. Currently, Joe serves as Director of Government Relations and Communications for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Prior to serving with OACP, he was Senior Consultant with Enterprise Canada Consultants Inc., one of Ontario’s leading government relations and communications firms, where he developed a thorough expertise in a number of public policy areas including municipal affairs, housing, energy, and taxation and fiscal policies.
In addition to his professional work, Joe is also a Professor (part-Time) in the University of Guelph-Humber’s Justice Department and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s School of Social and Community Services (Criminal Justice), and Associate Faculty in Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture, where he was awarded the 2016 Outstanding New Faculty Award.
Joe is a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business Management’s Police Leadership Program and the OACP’s Media Relations Officers Course at the Ontario Police College. He is the author of Lobbying vs. Advocacy: Police Leaders as Advocates for Their Police Services and Their Communities (2012), Covered in Blue: Police Culture and LGBT Police Officers in the Province of Ontario (2014), and Gay. Female. Cop. The Intersectionality of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Police Culture (2018).
A native of Brazil, Joe holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communications degree from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University. Joe is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Social Sciences degree from Royal Roads University.
Joe was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to policing and public safety in Canada and the Serving With Pride Ally Award.