Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief Ian Davidson Becomes New President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Chief Ian Davidson of the Greater
Sudbury Police Service has succeeded Toronto Police Service Chief William
Blair as President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief
Davidson was sworn into office at the conclusion of the OACP's 57th Annual
Conference and tradeshow held in Niagara Falls June 15-18.
    Chief Davidson is the fourth OACP President from Northern Ontario and the
first since 1990, when Chief Rick Zanibbi of the Greater Sudbury Police
Service headed the organization.
    "I am deeply honoured to serve as OACP President," said Chief Davidson.
"Our organization plays a key role in making Ontario safe as the voice of
Ontario's police leaders. Just as law enforcement in Ontario faces many
challenges in order to respond to the changing needs of the communities we
serve, our association must also respond to the evolving needs of our
membership and the citizens we serve."
    Davidson highlighted a number of areas where he sees the OACP continuing
to work on behalf of our police services and communities, including:

    -   Provincial funding for court security and prisoner transportation

    -   Fair and equitable funding for all our member services

    -   Support for the advocacy efforts of First Nations police services

    -   Fairness and accountability in the new public complaints system, and

    -   Legislative reform in such areas as pawnbrokers legislation and
        suspension with pay

    "I believe that we as Ontario's police leaders must work closely with
government decision-makers, civilian members of police services boards, and
other groups that have a stake in policing issues to address the safety
challenges facing our province and country," said Davidson.

    Also elected to the OACP's Executive for 2008-09 were:

    First Vice-President     Chief Daniel Parkinson, Cornwall Community PS

    Vice-President           Chief Derek McElveny, Brantford PS

    Vice-President           Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier, Durham Regional PS

    Vice-President           Chief Matthew Torigian, Waterloo Regional PS

    Secretary/Treasurer      Acting Chief Robert Napier, Kingston PS

     Members of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police serve their
       communities as the senior police leaders in municipal, regional,
       provincial, national, and First Nations police services across


    Chief Davidson has been a police officer for 30 years, having commenced
his career with the Ottawa Police in 1978. He achieved the rank of Inspector
in charge of Criminal Investigations in Ottawa, and in 1999 was the successful
candidate for the position of Superintendent of the Greater Sudbury Police
Service. In 2002 he was selected as the Chief of Police.
    Chief Davidson has a wide range of experience having served in virtually
all areas of policing including the Patrol Division, the Tactical Team,
Criminal Investigations, Major Crime, Homicide and Administration.
    As a result of the Somalia Inquiry, Chief Davidson was appointed a member
of the Military Review Group chaired by Chief Justice Brian Dickson (retired),
to travel across Canada to review the Canadian Military Police investigative
capacity and make appropriate recommendations for change. In 2004, Chief
Davidson was appointed to the Premier's Panel on Post Secondary Education
chaired by the Honourable Bob Rae. The group reviewed the design and funding
of the post secondary system in Ontario.
    Ian holds a bachelor's degree - Major in Law - from Carleton University.
He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the
University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program,
as well as the Ontario and Canadian Police College. He sits as a member on a
number of local, provincial and national committees including the Advisory
Committee for the Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program and
the Canadian Police College Advisory Board and he was appointed to the
position of President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police in June
    He is very active in the community and has championed a number of local
and provincial issues that include Visible Minorities, Aboriginal, Seniors'
and Youth initiatives. He is a founding Chair of the Narcotics Task Force, a
member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury and the Sudbury Food Bank.
    Ian has received numerous Provincial and National Awards for exemplary
police and community service. On May 27, 2007 Chief Davidson was awarded the
Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
    Chief Davidson believes in Service above Self and has used the Office of
Chief of Police to expand his influence to improve the quality of life for
everyone in Sudbury and in the Province of Ontario.
    Ian and his wife Kathie have two adult sons, Brian and Bradley.

For further information:

For further information: Joe Couto, OACP Director of Government
Relations and Communications, T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22, C. (416) 575-1731,
Evenings (416) 695-7096, E.

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