For immediate release
August 23, 2017
Toronto Police Services Board completes national search and promotes three successful candidates

TORONTO:   The Toronto Police Services Board today announced the appointments of three new Deputy Chiefs of Police – Staff Superintendent Peter Yuen, Superintendent Barbara McLean, and Inspector Shawna Coxon.  The appointments will be effective as of August 24, 2017.

“These appointments take place at a very exciting time for our organization.  These are three innovative and inspirational leaders who will help move the Toronto Police Service forward in a progressive way as we modernize and transform, finding ways to best serve the public and meet the expectations of our community,” explained Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, Andy Pringle. “The Board is proud to announce the appointments of these three excellent police leaders as our newest Deputy Chiefs of Police, with their extraordinary expertise in community policing, human resources, diversity and inclusion, fiscal responsibility, mentorship and strategic management,” said Chair Pringle.

Chair Pringle also noted, “we were fortunate to have a pool of exceptional candidates, dedicated to community policing and to the Toronto Police Service.”  He said that “the new Command team enhances our commitment to the critical principles of accountability, professionalism, and civilian oversight.” 

The new Deputy Chiefs will be introduced at tomorrow’s Board meeting.  They, along with the Chief and the Chair, will be available to media at 12:45 p.m., at Headquarters, outside of the Auditorium. 

Biographies for the new Deputy Chiefs are attached.
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About the new members of Command

Deputy Chief Peter Yuen

Peter Yuen has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 30 years.  Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, he was the Staff Superintendent in charge of Corporate Risk Management – an area that included Professional Standards, Legal Services and the Toronto Police College.  Peter’s career has included time as Unit Commander of several divisions, a trainer at the College, and as an investigator of organized crime.  Peter is best known for his expertise in the area of Asian Organized Crime and for leading the resurrection of the Community Police Academy.  He has a Master’s of Arts in Leadership and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies.  Peter is proud of his Chinese heritage and has been an active ambassador for the community. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Service's East and South Asian Internal Support Networks

Deputy Chief Barbara McLean

Barbara McLean has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 28 years.  Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, she was a Superintendent and Unit Commander of  54 and 55 Divisions, where she led a team dedicated to community safety and customer service.  Barbara's career has included time as Unit Commander of the Toronto Police College, and as a domestic violence and sexual assault investigator.  She is best known for her role as the Transformation Lead on the Human Resources Modernization Project.  Barbara has a Masters of Human Resources & Industrial Relations, a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration.  She volunteers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and WindReach Farm and is the founder and current senior advisor of the Service’s LGBTQ Internal Support Network.

Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon

Shawna Coxon has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 20 years.  Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, she was an Inspector with Strategy Management, where she led a team focused on change management for the Transformational Task Force recommendations.  Shawna’s career has included time as a frontline police officer/supervisor, numerous investigative roles including a professional standards investigator and a human rights advocate.  She is best known for her work implementing the CyberCrime Team, the Service's Internal Support Networks and for organizing the first police-led Racially-Biased Policing Conference.  Shawna has a Ph.D. in Law (Criminal), a Masters in Criminology, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She has extensive local and international volunteer experience, has been an adjunct professor for more than a decade and recently attended the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.