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Toronto Police Services Board announces Myron Demkiw as the next Chief of the Toronto Police Service

October 20, 2022  By Blue Line Staff / Toronto Police Services Board

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September 2022, Toronto, Ont. – The Toronto Police Services Board has announced the selection of Myron Demkiw, M.O.M. (Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces), as the new Chief of Police of the Toronto Police Service. Myron Demkiw is a 32-year veteran of the Service, and is currently the Acting Deputy Chief of the Specialized Operations Command.  Chief Designate Demkiw will assume the role of Chief of Police on December 19, 2022, following a three-month transition period. During this transition, Chief Ramer, O.O.M. (Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces), will continue to lead the Toronto Police Service.

In announcing the appointment, Board Chair Jim Hart said: “Myron Demkiw meets the call put out by Torontonians who seek a police leader that possesses extensive operational policing experience to keep our city, its residents, and its visitors safe, while applying a modern vision of community safety that is progressive and community-centred. In Chief Designate Demkiw, the Board has found the candidate that possessed what members of communities across the City, along with our stakeholders, asked us for: a dedicated public servant and relationship-builder, committed to building and enhancing trust with the diverse communities we serve. The Board is also confident in Chief Designate Demkiw’s proven track record of designing proactive, progressive and solution-focused approaches and initiatives that effectively deal with our city’s complex and ever-changing community safety and well-being needs.”

“The Board is impressed with Chief Designate Demkiw’s wealth of international policing expertise, including in the areas of gun and gang violence and counterterrorism, along with a commitment to continued reform and modernization of Canada’s largest municipal police service. The Board is confident that Chief Designate Demkiw can build on the extensive progress we have made together to improve policing and community safety in our city, and continue to ensure the Toronto Police Service and its Members remain international leaders in policing and community safety. The Board congratulates Chief Designate Demkiw, and very much looks forward to advancing community safety in Toronto under his leadership in the years to come.”

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