The 49-year-old had been a candidate for chief, two years left on his contract, and sought police reform.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly, who was a candidate for the top job in 2015, is retiring from the Toronto Police Service, reports say.
Sloly, 49, was a rising star in policing during Bill Blair’s tenure as police chief. He developed a reputation for progressive solutions, and more so than other high ranking police officials, earned community trust when it came to controversial items such as carding.
But when fellow Deputy Chief Mark Saunders was selected as the Chief of Police to replace Blair in April 2015, Sloly’s career opportunities at TPS became limited.
In January, Sloly publicly criticized Toronto Police for its bloated billion dollar budget and outdated policies. Admitting that he was disappointed in being passed over for the top job, he worried that public trust in the police was on the decline, and that the force was behind the curve in its outreach and crime prevention efforts.
Sloly’s contract was set to expire in December 2017; he earned $241,000 in 2015.
A 27-year veteran of the force, Sloly holds an MBA from Schulich’s School of Business, and is a graduate from the FBI’s National Academy. He was the Canadian Contingent Commander for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, and led the creation of Toronto Police’s diversity management and neighbourhood policing programs. He is also a former member of Canada’s national soccer team.
"We see this is a great opportunity to get rid of this distraction," McCormack says of Sloly's decision to leave the TPS after 27 years
— betsy powell (@powellbetsy) February 10, 2016
— Andray (@AndrayDomise) February 10, 2016
Crossing my fingers and hoping these recent moves by the TO Police don't lead to an increase in systemic antiblackness/violence against BP.
— Septembre Anderson (@SeptembreA) February 10, 2016
Toronto Police's most articulate voice for change gone. https://t.co/CqfwXEJDDs
— Shawn Micallef (@shawnmicallef) February 10, 2016