WARMINGTON: Putting the policing back in policing

With one roster move Premier Doug Ford’s government has done something the Liberals had long ago discarded.

He’s bringing policing back into policing!

And not a moment to soon. In a year on its way to record shootings, stabbings and murder, the quiet move by Ford and Community Safety Minister Michael Tibollo has been heralded as vital.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Di Tommaso as Deputy Minister of Community Safety, effective October 22nd,” Premier Ford said in an internal memo.

Everybody in justice knows what is means. The gangs, gun and drug dealers responsible for the mayhem understand too.

“A modern-thinking, old school guy at the same time,” Toronto Police Supt. Ron Taverner said Tuesday.

“He has the respect of all the men and women he’s served with or who have served under him. He’s a police officer’s police officer.”

The end of politically correct policing rampant under Premier Kathleen Wynne?

The good parts will stay. But there will be no artificial, soft on criminals policing anymore.

“Mario is no-nonsense,” said Taverner. “He believes in the rule of law.”

After 38 years on Toronto Police he has worked in almost every unit — homicide, drugs, major crime. Di Tommaso is the perfect fit for the Ford government’s goal of making every city and town in the province safer.

“Mario has been a dedicated member of the Toronto Police Service for many years,” Chief Mark Saunders said.

“He has always advocated for professionalism in policing and expected nothing less from the members under his command. I wish him well with his newest endeavours and I look forward to working with him.”

Di Tommaso begins his new role Oct. 22.

“I am honoured to have been asked to serve this great province,” Di Tommaso said.

“It’s a bittersweet moment because I love every aspect of the Toronto Police which has been my home for 38 years. I will miss the people and serving the people of Toronto but I am comforted to know that I will be able to continue my service in the new role.”

It’s going to be interesting to see how he helps transform policing in the province, which under the previous Liberal government has struggled in the areas of crime, drugs, gangs, shootings, murder and violence.

While it’s widely accepted the days of information carding are in the past, conversations on what can be brought in to replace it in a modern way must occur.

The GTA alone has had more than 120 homicides in 2018 already — something Ford has called unacceptable.

“There needs to be a change in approach no question and Mario is the right guy to lead that,” said retired Toronto Police staff-insp. Mike Earl. “This is great news for Ontario.”

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Policing, the courts, corrections, addictions and getting ahead of youth heading down the wrong path are all areas that need improvement.

Ford said: Di Tommaso is a “highly respected and experienced police executive” with “more than 30 years of progressive policing experience in community safety, homicide, major crime, intelligence, drug investigations and community relations” who has “managed large operational and capital budgets and has a proven track record in successfully leading large, complex initiatives.”

What he is, is a cop’s cop. He’s open to fresh ideas but not buzzwords or feel good stuff that sounds good but doesn’t work.

“He’s the real deal,” said Earl. “He’s a police officer first. He knows what he is doing.”

And that’s something policing in Ontario needs right now.

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