Peter Sloly, who resigned as deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service,
prepares to speak to media at police headquarters in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday
February 10, 2016.Ernest
Doroszuk / Ernest
Ottawa’s new police chief is set to be announced Monday, with sources saying
it’s expected that Peter Sloly, a former deputy chief from Toronto, will be
named as the city’s newest top cop.
During his time in Toronto, Sloly, 53, was hailed as a charismatic progressive
policing leader, but was also feared by some in traditional policing circles as
a leader who favoured too much change.
Sloly resigned in 2016 as deputy chief from the Toronto Police Service and
retired from a 27-year policing career before working as a partner in audit and
consulting firm Deloitte’s risk advisory practice as a “national security and
Sloly will be Ottawa’s first police chief of colour.
Sloly’s name has been circulating as a leading candidate in the competition for
Ottawa chief since the national search began in June. Former chief Charles
Bordeleau retired in May. Sloly was shortlisted among four other applicants, and
bested Steve Bell, one of Ottawa’s deputy chiefs who had been serving as interim
chief since Bordeleau’s retirement. Bell was expected to stay in that role until
the end of the month.
Sloly has never worked for the Ottawa Police Service in any capacity and left
policing abruptly after a failed bid to be chief in Toronto. He made headlines
for criticizing Toronto’s police budget and questioning the public’s trust in
He has advocated for a policing model that is less reactive and less about
costly law enforcement, instead focusing on the underlying social issues that
lead to crime.
In a TedxToronto talk, Sloly said he decided to apply for chief in Toronto
because it was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to change policing at the
country’s largest force.
“I really believe and passionately want to serve and protect the most
vulnerable, victimized, marginalized people in society,” he said.
In that talk, he said he decided to leave policing and go to the private sector
to try to change things from the outside.
“Policing needs to change,” he said, citing the need for advancements in how
cops work and serve their communities, changes to how they mentally equip
themselves to go to work and much-needed changes to police financing.
In addition to his career in Toronto, Sloly was a command officer during two
tours of duty with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo in 2001 and
Sloly is an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, has received the
United Nations Peacekeeping medal, the Canadian Peacekeeping Medal, the Police
Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for public service.
He was born in Jamaica before moving to Canada at 10 years old. He is a former
Canadian national soccer player, has a master’s degree in business
administration and is married with children.
The Ottawa Police Services Board chief announcement is scheduled to occur on
Monday at 10 a.m. at city hall.