Former Commissioner Boniface A "Great Choice" For Senate

Ground Breaking Career Will Provide Needed Perspective

ORILLIA, ON, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Current Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes is sending his congratulations to retired OPP Commissioner Gwen Boniface on her appointment to the Canadian Senate.

"During her lengthy career with the OPP and subsequent international career, Gwen has always proven herself to be an effective leader and a caring police executive. Her skills and background make her an excellent choice to serve in a revitalized, independent Senate," said Hawkes.

Boniface started her career with the OPP as a Constable and retired after 30 years as Commissioner in 2006. She was the first woman to serve as OPP Commissioner. Boniface is a graduate of York University and Osgoode Hall Law School.

After retiring from the OPP, Boniface served for three years in Ireland as the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight mechanism established for An Garda Síochána, Ireland's national police service. She subsequently served as the Transnational Organized Crime Expert with the United Nations Police Division, New York, where she was tasked with addressing organized crime in conflict and post-conflict countries, particularly West Africa.

Boniface is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Sgt. Peter LEON, Provincial Media Coordinator, PHONE: 705-329-6878

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