Command Officers' biographies

Tony Veneziano, CPA, CGA

Chief Administrative Officer

Corporate Services Command

Tony Veneziano was appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Toronto Police Service (Service) on December 12, 2005. In his role as CAO, Tony oversees the Service’s annual operating and capital budget processes. He is also responsible for human resource services, including the Toronto Police College; equity, inclusion and human rights; wellness; labour relations; talent acquisition; and people strategy & performance.  In addition: fleet and facilities management; procurement; employee services; legal services; and accounting services fall under his command.

Tony holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation. Prior to joining the Service, Tony was with the former Regional Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and current City of Toronto for 20 years, where he moved up progressively through the organizations. In his last position at the City of Toronto, he was a member of the City’s senior management team and, as the Director, Internal Audit, reported directly to the City Manager. He also worked as a Director in the City Auditor General’s Office, reporting directly to the City Auditor General.

While with the former Metro Toronto regional government, Tony led the consolidation of various administrative functions, which resulted in significant annual savings. At the City of Toronto, he oversaw the completion of a number of reviews that resulted in significant cost savings and revenue enhancements, improved operational effectiveness and the mitigation of risks in the organization. Some of the reviews completed include: the Toronto Police Service’s handling of the public complaints process; the food safety and tuberculosis programs in Toronto Public Health; the City of Toronto’s procurement process; the Toronto Police Helicopter Evaluation project; the City’s commercial garbage collection process; councillor expenses and use of corporate vehicles; and various contract management audits. Tony established the internal audit function at the City, managed various forensic investigations, and oversaw the implementation of the City of Toronto’s fraud and waste hotline - the first hotline of its kind in Canada.

At the Service, Tony has led the development of annual operating and capital budget budgets, keeping annual increases at or below the rate of inflation.  Working with his Finance team, Tony develops the budgets in consultation with the Chief of Police and his fellow command officers, and ensures the Toronto Police Services Board and City Council have the information they need to make informed decisions. Tony has also successfully led the replacement and renovation of a number of the Service’s divisional facilities as well as the construction of a new Toronto Police College and a property and evidence storage facility, ensuring the Service’s uniform and civilian members’ work environment is safe and enables the effective and efficient delivery of services.  Tony has been a senior level member of executive steering committees that oversaw the successful implementation of various technological projects, including the Digital Video Management System, the In-Car Camera System and the body worn camera program, currently in process.

These systems have created efficiencies, reduced risk and increased officer accountability, with the objective of increasing public confidence and trust, which are critical to the delivery of effective and value-added public safety services.   Tony is an active promoter of a psychologically safe and inclusive work environment.  He is dedicated to ensuring that practices and policies are equitable and encourages a healthy, safe and progressive workplace that focuses on member well-being, leadership, accountability and diverse representation.

Tony is a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major City Chiefs Association. He was also an Executive member on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for almost 10 years, including being the Chair of their Audit and Finance Committee.

Tony is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contributions to the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto.

He is experienced in dealing with highly sensitive and complex issues, and is a results-oriented and proactive leader. He has promoted continuous improvement, risk management and value for money thinking across the Service; and has led the movement towards the effective management of people, projects, contracts, operations and assets. Tony exemplifies and promotes high ethical standards, and actively reinforces the importance of transparency, integrity, accountability and fiscal responsibility in carrying out his responsibilities with the Toronto Police Service.

June 2021