Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford has tapped a veteran Toronto police commander from the power family family of Ford's Etobicoke at the western end of town to head the second-largest police force.
The government on Thursday announced that Toronto police inspector Ron Taverner will be the new provincial police commissioner in Ontario, which will be in the forefront of massive power whose top spot has been vacant since the beginning of this month.
The second in Canada, with RCMP size, the OPP has more than 8,000 employees divided into more than 150 divisions. Its officers watch small communities and highways and also operate specialized units dedicated to the fight against organized crime and rocket enforcement.
Former power chief Vince Hawkes resigned after a four-year term earlier this month. Supt. Taverner, who appeared in several ranks, entered the Toronto Police Service as a high school graduate in 1967. Supt. Taverner did not respond to requests for comments.
At the beginning of 2000 he was installed as commander of the Toronto 23 Division. He still retains this role, although he is now also managing most of the districts to which the former city of Etobicoke is incorporated.
It is the same federated village where Rob and Doug Ford came to the town council, who had the promise of promises that only solutions to laws and orders could clean up the city.
The brothers came to power in 2000 and 2010 gave them a joint case with Supt. Taverner, who was locked in this time in a chronic battle with weapons and gangs in 23 divisions.
Alok Mukherjee, the former Bureau of the Toronto Police Service Board, says that through Supt. Taverner's past ties to Fords will have to maintain independence in his new role. "Ron [Taverner] was very close to the Ford family, "he said in an interview. He and the prime minister had close relationships. "
Mr. Mukherjee pointed out that the past OPP political trials have led to accusations of numbers linked to the former liberal government – including the head of the Prime Minister, who was sentenced to four months in prison this year.
He said that keeping a suitable distance would now be a major challenge. "Let me say this in this way: The role of the OPP Commissioners is very important for keeping independent police forces … The Taverner will have to be very cautious because it is not subject to any [political] direction."
Also Thursday, the former OPP commissioner questioned whether a lifetime officer in Toronto had sufficient experience to be the commander of such a vast provincial force.
Chris Lewis, an OPP officer in a career that led provincial forces between 2010 and 2014, told CP24 that the force had details greater than the Supt Division. Commands Taverner.
While Suptu said. Taverner was "well experienced," believing that the appointment was "a real step towards the OPP and the senior officers who know the province knows that organization."
Mr Ford promised that the police would have a key problem. In the summer, one of his first acts as prime minister was to summon police leaders to tell them to postpone the implementation of the Police Accountability Act preceded by the previous government. In August, the government announced new $ 25 million in funding to support police efforts to combat arms and gangs.
In her statement late on Thursday, the government Supt. The Taverner was selected "on the basis of a unanimous recommendation of the selection board" involving civil servants and an executive search firm.
"It's the builder of relationships," EU Security Secretary Sylvia Jones said in her statement. "And I'm sure he'll have a positive impact on control over Ontario."
Supt. The Tavern takes over the post on December 17th.
His appointment is the second high-level appointment from the Toronto Police Service since the Tories took office.
In October, Mario di Tommaso, a former staff member in West Toronto, was elected Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Security and Repair Services, a portfolio that includes assistance in managing the OPP. At that time, Supt. The Taverner applauded the move to hire Mr. Tommaso.
Mr. Mukherjee, formerly the Toronto Police Council Board, is awarded the Supt title. Tavern for being a high energy cop. But he also said it would be a jump for him to go from the city district to such a large police force. "Most inspectors are moving every five years, but Ron is still in place," Mr. Mukherjee said.
Earlier this week, Supt. Taverner has been publicly celebrated for half a century in the form of a "community builder" by Toronto charity.
"At present, in his 51st year with the Toronto Police Service, Supporter Ron Taverner has earned the respect and trust of the public and other officials during his five decade of service," read a statement from Jake's House, a group that helps children with autism.