Toronto extends the term of its chief of police


The contract of Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is renewed for another year, despite the wave of shootings that hit the Queen City.

The Toronto Police Services Board announced Tuesday that Saunders, the first black police chief in Toronto, would be in office until April 30, 2021.

He becomes one of only two police chiefs in Toronto in 40 years to have his mandate renewed, the commission said.

Mayor John Tory says this extension will "further advance the important modernization work" of the police force.

Chief Saunders says he is "honored" to continue in this position.

However, unlike his predecessor Bill Blair, his contract is extended for one year only.

Saunders, who was named in 2015, has been criticized, in particular, for the record and serial killer Bruce McArthur, not to mention last summer's and summer's shootout rushes.

Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack is delighted that Chief Saunders' contract has been extended for only one year. We need new blood, he said in an interview with the CP24 network.

McCormack says his members are exhausted because of Chief Saunders' headcount reform.

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