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04/20/2015 08:15 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

Mark Saunders to be named Toronto's top cop, the force's 1st black leader:reports

TORONTO - Media reports say Mark Saunders will be Toronto's next police chief, becoming the first black man to lead the force.The reports say the official announcement is expected on Monday. Saunders, who is the current deputy chief, has been with the Toronto Police Service for 32 years.He is currently in charge of Specialized Operations Command where he oversees 1,200 police officers and 154 civilian members.Saunders is the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Organized Crime Committee and, according to the TPS website, participates as a mentor for the Black Community Consultative Committee.He is also the TPS’s executive sponsor of the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan American Games, responsible for safety and security, and he's credited with establishing the Toronto police department's cybercrime unit.Saunders had been considered one of two frontrunners for the job of Toronto's top cop.Chief Bill Blair, who's been at the helm of the force for about a decade, is retiring at the end of this week.