Just days after abandoning his push to appoint longtime friend and Toronto Police Supt. Ron Taverner to the top job at the OPP, Premier Doug Ford has announced a new choice.
Thomas Carrique, a 29-year veteran of the York Regional Police and currently the force’s deputy chief, will take the helm at Orillia HQ, starting on April 8. He will serve a three-year term.
The announcement was made at 9 a.m. Monday through a statement issued by the government.
As expected, the Ford government did not promote from within the provincial police, firmly believing that the OPP needs outside supervision to fix some serious problems
“Deputy Chief Carrique will help bring an outside vision to the OPP and work with talented officers and civilian staff to bring forward positive change,” Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones said in a statement.
That positive change is desperately needed from low morale and a dysfunctional head office to problems with officers committing suicide.
On Sunday, CBC’s Fifth Estate broadcast a segment detailing what was described as a “culture of bullying and harassment” in the OPP. Since 2012, a dozen officers have taken their own lives, others complain that they do not get the support they deserve when struck with job-related illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder.