Jay C. Hope was appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as the province’s Commissioner of Community Safety in December 2006. Commissioner Hope serves as a key advisor to the Premier and Cabinet on issues related to emergency management, particularly in times of crisis. He oversees a broad portfolio, including Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), the Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC) and the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO). Prior to his current appointment, Commissioner Hope served for 27 years with the Ontario Provincial Police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner (the country’s first black officer appointed to the ranks of chief of police). In 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.
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