Thursday, November 10, 2005
Three Posts In One Day??? Three Posts???? Somebody stop us...
Anyway, there are signs that the sordid saga of the Edmonton Police Service's inability to pull its head out of its ass (and, it must be said, the Police Commission's inability to even find its ass with both hands, a map, and a flashlight) may be coming to an end:
New Edmonton chief could be hired today
Last updated Nov 10 2005 09:10 AM MST
Edmonton's new police chief is expected to be approved by city council today, ending a nine-month search for the top cop and marking the first time in more than 30 years an outsider will helm the service.
Councillors have confirmed that the police commission is in talks with Mike Boyd, a 52-year-old retired Toronto police officer who spent nine years as that city's deputy chief.
Ok, he's from outside the force. That's good. He seems to know (how could he not?) what he's getting himself into. That's also good. Typing "Mike Boyd police brutality" into Google brought up a page seemingly devoted to Tupac Shakur, and nothing at all to do with this particular Mike Boyd. That joins the ranks of things that are good. So, the Oi! Thump! Cultural Observation Squad will remain cautiously optimistic. Why "cautiously?" Well, there is this...
King worked with Boyd on the national task force on drug abuse. He said Boyd was a remarkably accomplished and popular senior officer in Toronto. "Edmonton would do well to get someone of his calibre," he said.
"You could call 100 people in the Toronto Police Service and you wouldn't hear a bad word about him."
Chief Bob was popular with his cops as well, and we all know how that turned out. However, for now we charitably extend the benefit of the doubt. It will be interesting to see what happens.