The Ontario government announced the appointment of Thomas Carrique as the next Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) commissioner.

Carrique currently serves as York Regional Police deputy chief, where he has spent his entire 29-year career. He has worked in a variety of fields, including uniform patrol, criminal investigations, investigative services, traffic, marine, public order, administration and operations.

“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,” said Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra. “I couldn’t agree more that he is the right person for the job.”

The OPP has been without a permanent commissioner since Nov. 2, 2018 and the process to name a new leader has been a messy one. The original choice, Ron Taverner, a well-respected but under-qualified veteran of the Toronto police force eventually withdrew his name over controversy surrounding his close ties to Premier Doug Ford.

Carrique will assume his post on April 8 and serve a three-year term.

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