05/20/2015 10:46 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Mark Saunders to be sworn in as Toronto's new police chief

Mark Saunders has been in the role of police chief-designate since he was voted by the Police Services Board to replace former chief Bill Blair in late April.

On Wednesday, the 52-year-old veteran of the force gets officially sworn in as police chief.

The married father of four will be the city's first black police chief, stepping into the role during a turbulent time between the force and some minority communities. Blair oversaw the implementation of the city's controversial carding policy, which allows officers to collect information from residents even if they have committed no offence. 

Saunders has had a 32-year career with Toronto police, working with the force's gang and drug squads and overseeing the homicide division — one of the largest in Canada.

Saunders gets sworn in at 11 a.m. Watch the ceremony above.