Prime Minister Duke Ford's Cabinet of Ontario received the veteran police commander in Toronto from the base of the power of the Ford family from Etoobicoke in the western part of the city to command the country's second-largest police force.
The government announced on Thursday that a Toronto police officer, Ron Taverner, will be the new provincial police commissioner in Ontario, placing him at the helm of a major force whose highest job has been discharged since early this month.
The second in Canada only to size RCPs, POP has more than 8,000 employees deployed across more than 150 departments. Its officers patrol small communities and highways, and also manage specialized units committed to dealing with organized crime and the implementation of anti-rackets.
Former Chief of Staff, Vince Hawks, retired after a four-year term earlier this month. Supt. Taverner, who will increase several orders, joined the police service in Toronto as a high school graduate in 1967. Taverner did not respond to requests for comment.
In the early 2000s, he was appointed as the commander of the 23 Division Division in Toronto. He still retains this role, although he now also commands most of the areas that include the former Etobicoke city.
This is the same shaped municipality in which Rob and Doug Ford became known as city councilors, gaining popularity with promises that only solutions from law and order could clean up the city.
The arrival of the brothers in power in the 2000s and 2010 gave them a joint cause with Supt. Taverner, who at that time was locked in a chronic battle with weapons and gangs in the 23 Division.
Alok Mukherjee, a former chairman of the Police Services Board in Toronto, says that despite Subot. Former Taverner connections with Ford, he will have to remain independent in his new role. "Ron [Taverner] is very close to the Ford family, "he said in an interview." He and the prime minister have close relations. "
Mr Mukerji pointed out that the former PPP probe led to criminal charges against persons associated with the former liberal government, including the prime minister's cabinet, who was sentenced to four months in prison earlier this year.
He said maintaining an appropriate distance would now be a key challenge. "Let me say this: The role of the POM Commissioner is very crucial in maintaining independent police forces … The Taverner question will have to be very careful not to be the subject of any [political] direction ".
Also Thursday, a former commander of the PFU questioned whether the life-long officer in Toronto had enough experience to be commander of such a provincial force.
Chris Lewis, a career officer at the PPL, who led the provincial forces in the period from 2010 to 2014, told CP24 that the forces had departments larger than the divisions Supt. Taverner command.
While he said Supt. Taverner was "well-experienced", he thought the appointment was "a real blow to the PBOs and senior officers there who know this province, know this organization."
Mr Ford has promised that the police will become a key issue. In the summer, one of his first acts as prime minister was to urge the police force leaders to tell them that he would postpone the implementation of the act of police responsibility adopted by the previous government. In August, the government released $ 25m in new funding to step up police efforts to fight arms and gangs.
In a statement late Thursday, the government said Taverner was elected "on the basis of a unanimous recommendation of a selection committee" involving civil servants and an executive search company.
"He is a builder of relationships," said Community Security Minister Silvia Jones in a statement. "And I'm sure he will have a positive impact on the police in Ontario".
Supt. Taverner assumes office on December 17.
His appointment is the second high-level appointment from the Toronto police service since the Tories took office.
In October, Mario Di Tomazo, a former supervisor in the western Toronto area, was elected deputy minister presiding over the police wing of the Ministry of Community Security and Correctional Services, a portfolio that included helping to run the DPP. At that time, Supt. Taverner welcomed the move to hire Di Di Thomas.
Mr. Mukherjee, former chairman of the police board in Toronto, Taverner for a high-level police commander. But he also said that it would be a jump for him to go from a city area to run such a great police force. "Most supervisors move every five years or so, but Ron has always stayed in place," said Mr. Mukherjee.
Earlier this week, Supt. Taverner was publicly celebrated for half a century by a "community builder" job by a charity in Toronto.
"Right now in his 51st year with the police service in Toronto, Supt Ron Taverner has earned the respect and trust of the public and other officials during the five-decade service," said Jake House, a group that helps children with autism.