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Julian Fantino

OPP Commissioner

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Julian Fantino's appointment as OPP Commissioner builds on a distinguished career that spans four decades.


Fantino was appointed Commissioner of Emergency Management in March 2005. As Commissioner, he was responsible for providing leadership to all facets of the government's emergency management programs, including the provision of expert advice and guidance to the Premier and Cabinet on policy, procedures and legislation for provincial emergencies and other crises.

Commissioner Fantino was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service in 2000. Toronto has one of the largest municipal police services in North America, responsible for policing a city of almost 2.5 million people. During his 23 years with the Metropolitan Toronto Police, Commissioner Fantino served in many areas, including uniform patrol, undercover drug enforcement, Detective Branch, Criminal Intelligence, Homicide Squad and as a Division Commander.

Fantino was the Chief of York Regional Police from 1998 to 2000. During his time with York Region, he introduced changes and initiatives that ensured optimum officer and public safety through enhanced resources and training.

He was also the Chief of the London Police Service from 1991 to 1998. During his tenure significant changes took place, including the formation of an Emergency Response Unit and a Public Order Unit, opening a Police Reporting Centre and development of numerous community partnerships.

A popular speaker, Fantino has lectured extensively to the police community, the public sector and government bodies in Canada and the United States. He is the Past President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Past Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Organized Crime Committee. He is also past Vice President at Large of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was a member of the Major Cities Chiefs.

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