Mark Saunders was appointed the 10th Chief of the Toronto Police Service on May 20, 2015. The Toronto Police Service employs more than 5,300 police officers and 2,700 civilian employees, and is the largest municipal police service in Canada and fifth-largest in North America. During his 32-plus year policing career, Saunders has had extensive investigative experience in many policing units and served as the unit commander of the largest homicide squad in Canada. As deputy chief, recognizing current trends in technology, Saunders created an investigative cybercrime Unit called “C3” in order to maximize the use of technology in policing.
Saunders is committed to continuous education and has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies degree at the University of Guelph-Humber. He has also completed the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Course (LinCT).
Saunders is a member of many committees, organizations and associations. In recognition of his many contributions to policing and service to the community, Saunders has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Community Contributions. He was awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal with Thirty Year Bar and has received the Black Canadians Award for Public Service and has twice received the Black History Month Award. In October 2015, he was named an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Saunders lives in Toronto with family. He is an accomplished photographer and often donates his work to charitable organizations.