Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Statement by the Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, and former Co-Chair of the Transformational Task Force, Andy Pringle:

“When we conducted our search for the next Chief of Police back in 2015, we knew we needed someone with a vision and the energy to modernize the Toronto Police Service. After a global search, the unanimous choice was Mark Saunders.

On behalf of the Toronto Police Services Board, I would like to reaffirm our support of Chief Saunders and the Toronto Police Service as they continue to modernize. Driving this organization toward its three main goals of being where the public needs the Service the most, embracing partnerships to create safe communities and focussing on the complex and evolving needs of a large city is challenging and we appreciate the dedication and commitment shown by Chief Saunders and his Command.

We know from the statistics that crime has changed, pressures have changed, and our city’s demographics have changed which all lead to the fact that the Service must also change, similar to most other organizations in these changing times. Becoming more community-centric, leveraging technology and refocussing on the tasks that only police can and should do are all necessary steps to take to become more effective and efficient.

Toronto is safe and will continue to remain safe because of the work being done each and every day by the men and women who represent Toronto’s Police Service. We thank them and will continue to support them as they move through these exciting times.”