August 27, 2019
TORONTO – The Toronto Police Services Board is pleased to announce that it has made the decision to renew the appointment of Chief Mark Saunders for an additional year. Chief Saunders’ term of office will be extended, and now concludes on April 30, 2021. This is only the second time in the last 40 years that a Chief of the Toronto Police Service will have served more than a single term. Chief Saunders was first appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 17, 2015.
On behalf of the Board, Chair Andy Pringle commends Chief Saunders for being “instrumental in leading the organization through a precedent-setting and complex period of transformation, championing the most significant modernization efforts undertaken by the Toronto Police Service. Chief Saunders has been an exceptional leader through his term to date, and his renewed appointment signals the Board’s commitment to the full implementation of the modernization plan, which, upon completion, will cement the Toronto Police Service’s reputation as a world-class leader in progressive community policing and innovative law enforcement. As the Service’s transformation progresses, the Board believes the stability in leadership brought by Chief Saunders is critical to continuing the progress that has been made thus far.”
Mayor John Tory, a Member of the Board states: “Chief Saunders has helped us move forward with the modernization of the Toronto Police Service. Extending his contract will ensure he can complete more of the important work of that modernization. I’m confident that he will continue to provide that leadership over his extended term – ensuring stability within the police service – and leave the Service in a much stronger position to provide modern, effective and trusted policing in our growing city.”
The Board is confident in Chief Saunders’ ability to continue to advance the organization in this final phase of his mandate, which will cap off a distinguished 38-year career with the Toronto Police Service.
The Board congratulates Chief Saunders on this renewal, and looks forward to continuing to work with him to deliver excellence in policing, in partnership with the community.
Biography of Chief Mark Saunders
Chief Mark Saunders is in his 36th year with the Toronto Police Service, and was first appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 17, 2015. Throughout his career, Chief Saunders has had an extensive investigative background within the portfolios of: Professional Standards, Urban Street Gang Unit, Intelligence Division, Drug Squad, Community Safety Command, Specialized Operations Command, Emergency Task Force and served as the Unit Commander of the largest Homicide Squad in Canada.
Chief Saunders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies from Guelph Humber University. Chief Saunders was selected as a Canadian representative from Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police to participate and completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Course, which included studies in Scotland and Ireland, specializing in counter-terrorism.
Chief Saunders is deeply committed to excellence in policing and service to the community, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Community Contributions and the Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award.