Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders is staying on as top cop of Canada’s largest municipal police service for another year, the police board announced Tuesday.
“I am pleased to confirm that the Board and I have agreed to extend my mandate as Chief of the Toronto Police Service, a role that I am honoured to hold,” Saunders tweeted Tuesday morning. “It is a privilege to lead the Toronto Police Service and I am humbled to be continuing.”
The extension of Saunders’ contract means he will stay in his role until April 30, 2021. According to the Toronto police board, this is only the second time in the last 40 years that a police chief will have served another term.
Saunders’ predecessor, Bill Blair — now Canada’s minister of border security and organized crime reduction — also had his term extended, and served from 2005 to 2015.
“Chief Saunders has been an exceptional leader through his term to date, and his renewed appointment signals the Board’s commitment to the full implementation of the modernization plan, which, upon completion, will cement the Toronto Police Service’s reputation as a world-class leader in progressive community policing and innovative law enforcement,” board chair Andy Pringle said in a statement Tuesday.
Saunders was appointed police chief in April 2015.
More to come.
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