The Provincial Government today announced the appointment of Thomas Carrique as the next Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Thomas Carrique currently serves as the Deputy Chief for the York Regional Police, where his entire 29-year career in policing has been spent. Carrique has worked in a variety of fields, including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Investigative Services, Traffic, Marine, Public Order and the Administration and Operations branches.
“We are very excited to announce Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique as the next Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police,” said Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Sylvia Jones. “Deputy Chief Carrique will help bring an outside vision to the OPP and work with talented officers and civilian staff to bring forward positive change.”
The Minister continued her praise for Carrique in saying, “Deputy Chief Carrique’s extensive experience is important as the OPP works to tackle challenging files, such as human trafficking and the ongoing fight against guns and gangs.”
“The Ontario Provincial Police has been without a permanent commissioner since November 2, 2018. The rank-and-file deserve certainty and clarity. Deputy Chief Carrique will be a strong voice for the front-line officers we all depend on to keep our communities safe.”
Carrique was quoted as saying “I can tell you that no one is more surprised that I am standing before you today with this announcement,” said an emotional Carrique at a news conference Monday at York Regional Police headquarters in Aurora.
“I have no relationship whatsoever with the premier or the Ford family,” he said. “I have not met the premier.”
Deputy Chief Carrique will serve a three-year term. He will assume his post on April 8, 2019.