Dear Mayor Tory:
My name is Nakeita Thomas and I am writing in regards to the Toronto Police Service Chief selection process. I read the article “Peter Sloly best choice as next police chief”, by Arnold Auguste in Share newspaper on February 25, 2015, about the candidates for the next Chief of Police.
The article highlighted Sloly’s exceptional experience and background in policing. In Auguste’s article he states Sloly’s education, noting he “holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from McMaster University and a Master’s in Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He also has a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Virginia, Incident Command System Certification from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Major City Chief’s Police Executive Development Program and the University of Toronto’s Rotman Police Executive Leadership Program”.
I am writing to you with my concerns for the process by which the Chief of Police will be selected and as a citizen of Toronto it is our duty to protect our community and make the changes that we want to see.
The selection committee ought to select the next Chief by due process and choose the most qualified candidate for the position. Selecting Sloly as the next Chief of Police is the best decision for the community because he is “known for his extensive civic leadership role outside of policing, especially working with youth; (he has also had a leadership role with the service’s Youth In Policing Initiative-YIPI); he is a long-time supporter of various community/police initiatives; he has led police reforms on carding and racial profiling (led on the PACER report); his contributions to the community have been recognized with a number of awards including the Harry Jerome and Bob Marley Awards and, internationally, he belongs to several police organizations and has spoken all over the world on numerous police issues”.
Your involvement should be that you uphold Sloly’s values and experiences and support him as the best candidate as Chief in the selection process. Sloly’s track record on ending racial profiling is essential to the eradication of racial profiling making him a huge asset for the community.
Thank you for your time and understanding.