Halton Chief of Police further apologizes for trip to Florida during COVID-19 lockdown


Published January 21, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Today, (Jan. 21) Halton Chief of Police, Stephen J. Tanner issued a statement in regard to his trip to Florida that cost Oakville Mayor Rob Burton’s role as chair of the Police Services Board.

On Jan. 11, Burton resigned from the Halton Police Services Board after it was revealed that he gave Tanner permission to travel to Florida over the winter holidays.

While Burton resigned from the police board, it does not affect his position as mayor of Oakville.

Following the resignation, Tanner’s role as the top cop in Halton was called into question.

In a statement issued today (Jan. 21), Tanner further apologized for the situation.

“I sincerely appreciate the full and unequivocal confidence the Halton Police Board has placed in me as Chief of Police. I will continue to lead our police service in the exemplary manner the Board has come to expect, and will always do my very best for our members, citizens and for the community that I am sworn to protect,” said Tanner in the statement.

“Regardless of the personal property related reasons for which I travelled recently, or the permission that I sought and obtained for that travel, I am remorseful for that decision. I have previously apologized openly to all of our members and to the public. I also regret the impact that this has had on Mayor (Chair) Burton who has stepped down from the Halton Police Board as a result of his decision to support my travel.”

Tanner’s statement concluded by saying that he looks forward to continuing his service and providing leadership to the community and police service members to the very best of his abilities throughout the years to come.


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