Command Officers' biographies


James Ramer

Deputy Chief

Specialized Operations Command

James Ramer has been a member of the Toronto Police Service since 1980. He is presently the Deputy Chief of Specialized Operations Command.

As the head of Specialized Operations Command, he oversees 1,258 police officers, 164 civilian members, and manages a budget of $240 million. Specialized Operations Command is comprised of the Service’s various investigative squads, and a variety of uniform specialized units.

Prior to attaining the rank of Deputy Chief, he served as Staff Superintendent of Detective Operations, overseeing the Service’s specialized investigative units such as the Homicide Squad, the Hold-Up Squad, and the Sex Crimes Unit to name a few. Deputy Chief Ramer has held Unit Commander positions in each of: 22 Division, the Community Mobilization Unit, Professional Standards, the Emergency Task Force, and Intelligence Services.

Before entering senior management ranks, Deputy Chief Ramer served in various front-line policing roles, both uniform and investigative. As a detective he worked in 31 Division, Intelligence, and the Homicide Squad.

Deputy Chief Ramer is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police where he serves on both the Organized Crime Committee and the Law Amendments Committee. He also has membership in the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Counter Terrorism and National Security Committee, the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime Committee, and is on the Executive Body of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario. Deputy Chief Ramer has served as the co-chair for the Black Community and Police Consultative Committee. For several years, he represented the Toronto Police Service as the Chair for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Deputy Chief Ramer has completed studies in Leadership and Counter Terrorism (LAPD), Senior Police Management (Boston College), and National Securities Studies (Canadian Forces Staff College). He has completed the National Incident Commanders Course (NICWGA) as well as the Senior Police Administration at the Canadian Police College. Deputy Chief Ramer is a certified Incident Commander.

Deputy Chief Ramer has been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, along with post-graduate studies in Industrial Relations and Ontario History, from the University of Toronto.