Ontario Prime Minister Dugs Ford cabinet has touched a veteran Toronto Police Commander from Ford's family-based Etobicoke to the west end of the city to lead the country's second-largest police force.
The government said Thursday that Toronto police officer Ron Taverner would become the new Police Commissioner in Ontario, requiring him to run a broad force whose job has been vacant since the beginning of this month.
In Canada, second only to the RCMP size, OPP has more than 8,000 employees, distributed over 150 divisions. Its staff patrols small communities and highways, and also runs specialized units dedicated to combating and fighting offenders.
Former Former Commander Winn Hokes retired at the beginning of this month after the four year deadline. Supt Taverners, who will increase in several degrees, joined the Toronto Police Service in 1967 as a graduate of high school. Taverners did not respond to comments requests.
At the beginning of 2000, he was appointed Commander of Toronto Chapter 23. He still retains this role, although now he also spends most of the sections that include the former Etobikoke city.
This is the same municipality where Rob and Dugs Ford became the most prominent members of the city council and gained popularity with promises that the city can only clean up law and order solutions.
The brothers' causes to power in 2000 and 2010 gave them a common goal with Supt. Taverners, who at that time were locked in a chronic battle with weapons and a gang of 23 Division.
Alok Mukherjee, former former president of the Toronto Police Service, claims that, despite Supr. Taverner's past ties to Fords, he will have to remain independent in his new role. "Ron [Taverner] has been very close to the Ford family, "he said in an interview." He and Premier had a close relationship. "
Mr Mukherjee pointed out that the previous OPP political probe had triggered a criminal prosecution of figures relating to the former liberal government, including the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, who was sentenced to four months in prison at the beginning of this year.
He said that maintaining the right distance would now be a decisive challenge. "Let me say this in this way: the role of the OPP Commissioner is very important in maintaining an independent police force … Question Taverner will be very careful, none of it [political] direction. "
Also on Thursday, a former OPP commissioner questioned whether a Toronto-based official had enough experience to run such a large provincial force.
Chris Lewis, a career OPP officer who led the province over the period from 2010 to 2014, said the CP24 was stronger than Supt. Tavernera teams.
While he said Supt. Taverners were "very experienced", he thought that the appointment was "a real effort by OPP and the leading officers who know this province know this organization."
Mr Ford has promised to make the policeman a key issue. In the summer, one of his first jobs as the Premier was to call on the leaders of the Police Union to tell them that he would delay the implementation of the previous government's police responsibility act. The August government announced $ 25 million in new funding to protect the police from fighting weapons and bandits.
On Thursday in a statement in a statement, the government said Supt. Taverners were selected "on the basis of a unanimous recommendation from the selection board", involving officials and an executive search company.
"He is a relationship maker," said Sylvia Jones, Community Security Minister. "And I'm sure he will have a positive impact on police work on Ontario."
Supt Taverners takes the post on December 17th.
His appointment is the second high-level appointment from the Toronto Police Service since Tories took office.
In October, Mario di Tommaso, a former Toronto Western Officer, was elected Deputy Minister, who runs the police wing of the Community Security and Correctional Services, which also includes OPP management. At that time Supt. Taverners applauded moved to hire Mr Di Tommaso.
Mukherjee, former chair of the Toronto Police Council, credits the appeal. Taverners that he is a police commander with a lot of energy. But he also said that it would be a jump for him to leave the city district to run such a large police force. "Most drivers move every five years, but Ron always has a place," said Mukherjee.
Earlier this week, Supt. The Taverners were publicly celebrated in a one and a half century worth of "Toronto charity" community builder.
"Right now, in his 51st year with Toronto Police Service, Supreme Ron Taverner has earned respect and trust in society and other officials for his five decades," read the statement by Jake's House, a group that helps children with autism.