2021 Chief Selection
One of the Board’s most significant responsibilities is to recruit and appoint a Chief of Police. As set in out in section 31(d) of the Police Services Act, the Board has the statutory responsibility to “recruit and appoint the chief of police.”
On July 31, 2020, Chief Mark Saunders retired from the Toronto Police Service (Service). Currently, James Ramer is serving as Chief of Police until a new Chief is appointed.
The Board has commenced a two-part Chief selection process, which will begin with a wide-ranging public consultation, followed by extensive recruiting by an executive search firm with expertise and experience in Chief of Police recruitment.
What We Have Done So Far
- Selection of Environics Research Group Limited to deliver public consultation services
- Selection of Boyden Inc. to deliver executive search services
- Environics Update to the Board on March 23, 2021 (view on YouTube)
- Environics' Final Report on the public consultation
Make Your Voice Heard
We no longer accept new responses to our online survey. Thank you to the hundreds of members of the public who submitted their responses!
Public consultations for the Chief selection process have now concluded.
Environics Research, on behalf of the Board, conducted a series of public consultations to inform the process for appointing the Toronto Police Service’s next Chief of Police. These consultations, the most extensive for a Chief selection process that the Board has organized to date, provided opportunities for people across the City to share input on this topic, ensuring that a diverse range of voices are heard. Each consultation was livestreamed, and can now be viewed on YouTube at the links below:
- Etobicoke – Tuesday, March 30 – 6-8PM (View on YouTube)
- Downtown Toronto – Wednesday, March 31 – 6-8PM (View on YouTube)
- Scarborough – Wednesday, April 7 – 6-8PM (View on YouTube)
- North York – Tuesday, April 13 – 6-8PM (View on YouTube)
On August 23, 2021, the Board released Environics' Final Report on the public consultation.