Who is Myron Demkiw, Toronto’s new chief of police?

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Myron Demki, a 32-year-old Toronto Police Service veteran and acting deputy chief of staff since 2020, was named Toronto’s new police chief on Thursday. He will assume the role on December 19.

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Who is Demkiv and what has he achieved?

work history: If Demki has held any jobs outside of the Toronto Police Service, he does not list them online. A year after completing his undergraduate, he started working as a police officer in 1990.


In 1995, five years into his career, Demaki was nearly killed.

When Demkive was working in plainclothes in the area of ​​Bloor St. W and Marguerite St. west of Dufferin St., a 28-year-old man attempted to shoot him in the face with a Glock 9mm handgun.

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Although the gun was loaded and the trigger was pulled, it did not go off because the gunman did not know how to cock it and let the bullets into the chamber.

In 2000, Demki, a member of the Vice Squad in Toronto’s Special Investigative Services unit, raided the infamous plainclothes of the Pussy Palace, a gay bathhouse.

In 2002, the Ontario Court of Justice found that the search had been conducted improperly.

No arrests were made that night.

A subsequent human rights complaint was settled in 2004. Part of the agreement forced police to step up efforts to recruit gay officers, adopt a gender-sensitive policy, and pay $350,000 to complainants.

Kyle Rae, who was the City of Toronto City Councilor at the time, issued a news release in the wake of the police conducting the raid, accusing them of trying to incite naked women, calling it a “panty raid”.

Demkiev and six other officers sued Rai over the remarks he made for defamation – and won.

Demkiev said the raid was an investigation into alcohol. He told a jury in a defamation lawsuit that two female undercover officers told people they were consuming beer in a four-story structure and saw a woman masturbating at the club.

“We were on a mission to find out what was going on there,” Demki said.

Rai was ordered to pay the authorities $170,000 for defamation.

After working as an officer for 21 years, Demaki was promoted to inspector in 2011. He held that position for five years before being promoted to management.

According to his bio, Demkiv, at one time, served as the intelligence services unit commander and officer in charge of strategy management corporate projects. He was second-in-command of the 32nd Division in North York, and “fulfilled a number of supervisory roles in various units throughout the organization.”

As staff superintendent, the third highest rank of TPS, which Demkiv rose to in 2018, he was put in charge of corporate risk management. Prior to this, he oversaw detective services, which included murder squads; Integrated, Guns and Gangs Task Forces; and the holdup squad.

In 2018, Demaki helped launch the force’s missing persons unit, leading the force’s espionage operations wing. This unit was formed in the wake of the uproar over the Bruce MacArthur serial killer case; Toronto Police’s handling of the case revealed serious problems with how officers were investigating missing people.

After being named Acting Deputy Chief of Special Operations Command in 2020, Demkiv oversaw more than 1,200 police officers, more than 900 civilian members, and managed a $240 million budget. Specialized Operations Command includes various investigative squads, a variety of specialized uniform units, and court services.

Since taking on the acting role of deputy chief in 2020, Demaki has stepped into the public eye. Earlier this year, he spoke publicly about how Toronto police had played a role in dismantling the global child sex abuse network, which was responsible for “some of the most horrific abuses of child investigators.”

education: According to him, Demki has several post-secondary degrees and certificates linkedin And TPS Bio, He lists St. Michael’s College School as the high school he attended. He graduated in 1985.

Demki went straight from high school to the University of Toronto, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and criminology in four years.

Twenty-seven years later, in 2016, Demkiv returned to U of T, the year in which he would change from a police inspector to superintendent. She enrolled in the Police Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management. There, he would have been “in contact with prominent guest speakers from law enforcement and the corporate world”, according to course description,

In 2019, a year after being promoted from superintendent to staff superintendent, Demkiv began working towards the global professional Master of Law degree at the U of T Faculty of Law, a full-time, one-year program. he needs least To be admitted to a mid-B grade average in the final year of your bachelor’s degree. Demkiv earned his Master of Laws.

In 2020, he became Acting Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service. He chose”rule of leadership“Concentration,” which was designed to provide leaders with a strong legal education that is accountable for the complexity of the issues they and their organizations regularly face.

In 2021, he took Indigenous Canada Curriculum at the University of Alberta, which is available online for free and includes 12 lessons that “explore the various histories and contemporary perspectives of the indigenous peoples who lived in Canada.”

Finally, from 2021 to 2022, Demkiw earned a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion at Centennial College. The curriculum, designed for managers, leaders and HR professionals in other fields, applies “diversity and inclusion best practices to leadership issues in the workplace.” Last June, the Toronto Police Service released race-based statistics showing that black Torontonians were five times more likely than white people to have police use force against them.

— With files from Wendy Gillis

Ben Cohen is a Toronto-based staff reporter for Star. Follow him on Twitter: @bcohenn

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