Province names three new appointees to Ottawa Police Services Board

Province names three new appointees to Ottawa Police Services Board

Salim Fakirani, Peter Henschel and Michael Doucet will replace previous appointees who had resigned.

The Solicitor General’s office has announced three new provincial appointments to the Ottawa Police Services Board — a Justice Department lawyer, a retired senior Mountie and a cybersecurity expert. The board, a seven-member civilian body that oversees the Ottawa Police Service, is responsible for setting the objectives and priorities for police services. The board will be meeting in person for the first time since the pandemic began on Monday. Among the items on the agenda will be spending almost$100,000 to hire an outside firm to help search for a new chief following the resignation of former chief Peter Sloly in the midst of a disruptive downtown occupation by protesters. The 3 appointees include:

Salim Fakirani - a lawyer with a master’s degree in international affairs who is senior counsel with the Federal Department of Justice
Served as legal counsel at the Canadian Human Rights Commission
Worked with the Youth Justice and Strategic Initiatives Section in Department of Justice Canada
Peter Henschel - a former deputy commissioner for specialized policing services with the RCMP with a 36-year policing career
Was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and national delivery of a broad range of critical policing services, including National Police Services, a suite of specialized services delivered to the broader Canadian law enforcement community and Criminal Justice System
Was a member of the senior executive committee at the RCMP overseeing operations across Canada
Oversaw the development of the RCMP‘s first Cybercrime Strategy
Michael Doucet - served as executive director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, now known as National Security and Intelligence Review Agency
Was the chief technology officer and then chief information officer for the RCMP
Was also the CIO/director general of the Information Management Services Branch at Correctional Service Canada and worked with the Communications Security Establishment of Canada
Currently an executive director at Optiv


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