TORONTO, August 16, 2005 - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) congratulates the newly named deputy chiefs designate of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) which was announced by the Toronto Police Services Board yesterday. The Foundation is especially pleased with the appointment of Keith Forde as the first African Canadian deputy chief, with responsibility for Human Resources of the Toronto service.
''Deputy Chief Designate Forde is a highly respected member of the Toronto Police Service and, as such, will be a source of inspiration for racialized communities, particularly from among African Canadians,'' said Paul Winn, Vice Chair of the Board of the CRRF. ''Not only does Deputy Forde come very well qualified to the post, serving most recently as the head of the C.O. Bick Police Training School, but he is also well respected by members of the African Canadian community.
''Although it was expected that at least one of the four deputy chief would be African Canadian, the choice of Forde adds a great deal of credibility to the appointment. I certainly want to take this opportunity to congratulate Deputy Chief Designate Forde, as well as all the deputy chief designates. We wish them well.''