Toronto Chief elected to head Canadian Chiefs

    OTTAWA, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Chief William (Bill) Blair of the Toronto
Police Service has been elected President of the Canadian Association of
Chiefs of Police, at the Chiefs' 104th Annual Conference in Charlottetown. He
will hold the position for two years, leading the charge not only for
modernized legislation and tools for police, but also more government support
for communities to prevent crime and victimization.
    Blair, who has more than 30 years of policing experience, was appointed
Chief in Toronto on April 26, 2005. He has taken a leadership role in policing
on provincial, national and international realms. He is a member of the
Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, where he is Immediate Past President,
the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Director on
the Board of the Major City Chiefs Association, and holds numerous other
memberships and offices. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Public
Safety Emergency Preparedness Canada Audit Committee. In 2007 he was named an
Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
    Over 250 police chiefs and senior executives from across Canada met in
Charlottetown this past week to address current community safety priorities on
a national basis. The conference theme, "Creating Safe and Healthy Communities
Through Social Development", reflects the Chiefs' commitment to crime
prevention. Measures such as education, employment, housing, healthy living,
parenting, recreation and literacy are essential for developing healthy
individuals, families and communities. In tough economic times, these programs
and activities are often the ones cut first, even though they are proven to
reduce offending and victimization.
    "It is time to bring balance to the current discussions about crime and
crime fighting," said Chief Blair. "We cannot arrest our way out of these
problems. But with the support of governments at all levels our communities
can address many of factors related to the root causes of offending and
victimization. It is a matter of social justice".

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