Chief Mark Saunders remembers well the motto that hung in the room of his sister, Yvonne – an Olympic runner – reading: I will. I can. And I shall.
A man in TPS uniform waves
New Chief Mark Saunders waves at the many Service members who filled the lobby balconies of headquarters
“And how reminiscent is that when it comes to policing,” the newly sworn-in Chief Saunders told hundreds gathered at the Toronto Police Service headquarters for the Change of Command Ceremony. “I will. Having the willingness to serve the people you’re sworn to protect. I can. Having the training and tools and skills necessary to be capable. And I shall. The action piece, acting on your willingness and acting on your training to keep our city safe.”
A decade ago, Saunders looked down from the third floor as Bill Blair was sworn in as Toronto Police’s new Chief.
Little did he know, then, that he would succeed Blair and become the city’s first black chief.
“That day, 10 years ago, there was never a thought in my mind that I would be standing here today,” said Saunders, who was sworn in on May 20 as Toronto’s 10th police chief. “…This is so surreal… But I have got to tell you it feels really great.”
Saunders said he learned many important lessons from Blair that he will use to guide him as [மேலும் செய்திகளை வாசிக்க]