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Outgoing Toronto Police chief Bill Blair will run for federal Liberals

04/26/2015 11:10 EDT | Updated 07/27/2015 03:59 EDT
TORONTO - Toronto's outgoing police chief has confirmed he will be running for the federal Liberals in the fall election.

Bill Blair tweeted Sunday morning that he is "excited to continue my public service by working to earn the support of people in Scarborough Southwest."

The tweet follows a report from the Toronto Star in which Blair says he hopes to be a candidate for the Liberals in the riding.

Blair says he has discussed his future with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and has decided to seek the Liberal nomination in the riding of Scarborough Southwest where he grew up and raised a family. The riding is currently held by New Democrat Dan Harris.

The 61-year old Blair spent the past decade as Toronto's top cop, and says he wants to remain in public service, which he considers the "highest calling."

Toronto's incoming police chief, Mark Saunders, moves into his new office on Sunday.