Glenn De Caire has changed his mind.
Months after handing in his retirement notice, the police chief tells CHML’s Bill Kelly that he is asking Hamilton’s police services board to rescind that notice.
He says members of the public like what the organization is doing and have been asking him to stay. He points to major drops in violent crime and robberies and the new COAST rapid response model which aims to get police officers out and mental health professionals into scenarios where necessary with a focus on “communication” and “de-escalation”.
DeCaire notes that other major projects are also coming to fruition including a new forensic’s facility and security planning for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
The police services board will discuss his request during the “confidential” section of its meeting on Monday.
The Chief notes that all parties have the “common interest” of public safety, adding that he doesn’t believe there is “any bridge anywhere that is burned”.