Command Officers' biographies

Peter Yuen

Deputy Chief

Community Safety Command

As a senior police leader with the largest municipal police service in Canada, Deputy Chief Peter Yuen is currently in charge of Community Safety Command which provides proactive and reactive public safety services and programs in partnership with diverse communities and key stakeholders. As Deputy Chief, Peter is responsible for all front line policing and oversees 12 districts consisting of 16 divisions in the City. He is also in charge of Field Services which encompasses the Toronto Police Operations Centre, Communications Services, Traffic Services, Parking Enforcement, Public Safety Response Team and the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit.  Peter is most proud of the meaningful partnerships he has developed and expanded that are most relevant to the heart of the community, including the Neighbourhood Community Officer Program and the expansion of the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Program.

Peter has acquired an extensive variety of professional experiences spanning over 34 years of policing including:  uniform patrol, undercover work, criminal investigation, community response, Asian Organized Crime, Homicide Squad, Human Resources, Duty Operations and Corporate Risk Management.  Peter has been recognized as an Asian Organized Crime expert by the Courts of Ontario and has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic, including addressing the Justice Committee in Ottawa, the International Council for Refugees and the National Organized Crime Committee.

Peter has an excellent track record for impacting police policy and believes in community focused policing that is accountable and transparent. He launched a comprehensive internal review of the Toronto Police Service ‘Search of Persons’ Procedure and directed a complete overhaul of the procedure, training and audit processes resulting in the Ontario Independent Police Review Director declaring the changes as the “gold standard” that all other police services across the province to follow. Moving forward, Peter is exploring the use of technology to create innovative ways to further decrease the number of strip searches and support personal dignity.

Peter was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He is proud of his Chinese heritage and his Canadian citizenship.  From a lens of his own personal experiences with diversity, Peter actively seeks out honest public discourse and community input on policing issues, management and social justice issues.  Peter is a member of the Toronto Police Services Board Anti-Racism Advisory Panel, a member of  the Toronto Police Services Board Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel, a member of the National Use of Force Committee,  the Ontario Regional Chair of the National Justice Committee, the Co-Chair of the Toronto Police Service Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Steering Committee and Senior Advisor to both the East and South Asian Internal Support Networks.

Always championing the voices of the community, Peter serves as an executive member of the Service’s Race Based Data Collection Strategy.  Peter believes that to combat systemic racism, we must first understand it and the community must have input on how we collect, store, analyze and share race based data. With the help of 30 community organizations and Service liaison committees, he coordinated the largest community engagement venture the Service had ever endeavored, meeting with almost 900 people from all walks of life and from every corner of this City for their input for the purpose of shaping police policy.

Peter has a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. 

Peter has received numerous awards including the following internal and external awards:

  • Police Officer of the Month
  • Police Officer of the Year
  • Merit Mark
  • Chief of Police Letter of Recognition
  • Chief of Police Commendation
  • Chief of Police Award of Excellence
  • Professional Excellence Tribute Award
  • Community Law Enforcement Award – 2005
  • Chinese Canadian Legend Award – 2014
  • Police Exemplary Service Medal
  • Order of Merit of the Police Forces, M.O.M