TORONTO – With the controversy surrounding the appointment of Ron Taverner to the Ontario provincial top police post all but abated, Premier Doug Ford government today appointed Thomas Carrique to the top post. Until his appointment, Carrique was a deputy chief with the York Regional Police where he has spent his entire 29 years of police experience. The new provincial police boss boast of vast experience across difference police duties such as investigative services, traffic, crime investigations and a host of other duties. A statement from the Minister of Community Safety, Sylvia Jones, reads, “Deputy Chief Carrique’s extensive experience is important as the OPP works to tackle challenging files, such as human trafficking and the ongoing fight against guns and gangs.”
This appointment put to rest months of controversy with the previous appointment of Ron Taverner, a longstanding friend of Doug Ford in what many saw as a patronage appointment. It will be recalled that the requirements of the job were lowered to enable Taverner to qualify, a move that drew wide criticism from concerned stakeholders, including the deputy provincial police chief, Brad Blair. Blair was fired with his lawyers claiming that he was fired by the Ford government for speaking out against the appointment. The government, however, stated that he was fired for leaking confidential police information in his court case against the province.
The new OPP boss will assume office on April 8 on a three-year term. It will be the first time since November the OPP has had a substantive commissioner.