Toronto Police Chief Ron Taverner appointed a new Commissioner for the OPP

Ronald (Ron) Taverner was appointed Commissioner for the Provincial Police of Ontario, Sylvia Jones, Minister of Security and Correctional Services, announced on Thursday.

Taverner, who is also the Toronto police commander, will take his post on December 17 and serve for up to three years, Jones said.

It will be replaced by Vince Hawkes, who retired this month after serving more than four years.

"I am very pleased with Mr Taverner's appointment as OPP Commissioner," Jones said. "He's the creator of relationships, and I'm sure he'll have a positive impact on control over Ontario."

Jones said that Taverner, who is currently commander of the 12, 23, and 31 divisions with the Toronto Police Service, was appointed cabinet, based on the unanimous recommendation of a selection board composed exclusively of members of the Ontario public service and supported by Odgers Berndtson, a powerful search firm.

"With more than fifty years of experience, Ron brings support to leading officers, community leaders and respected law enforcement professionals," Jones said.

"We will be well served by an officer who devoted his life to making our communities a safer place to live."

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, responding to a meeting, said Taverner is a huge asset for people in Ontario.

"I can not think of a more qualified and respected leader for this job, he was a strong advocate of the community and our city, the profit of OPP is the loss of Toronto," said Saunders.

Meanwhile, Rob Jamieson, president of Ontario Provincial Police Association, said his union expects to work with Tavern, "someone with such a proven law enforcement experience."

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