Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue Community Safety Command
Lauren Pogue is a 34-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service. Following her appointment to Deputy Chief by the Toronto Police Services Board, Chief Myron Demkiw appointed her Deputy Chief of Police, Community Safety Command, a role she has been acting in for the last nine months.
As Deputy Chief she will continue to oversee 12 districts consisting of 16 Divisions, as well as Field Services, which includes the Toronto Police Operations Centre, Communications Services, Traffic Services, Parking Enforcement, the Public Safety Response Team and the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit. This Command provides proactive and reactive public safety services in partnership with key stakeholders and the many diverse communities in Toronto.
In her previous role as Staff Superintendent, she was responsible for Detective Operations, which encompasses Intelligence Services, Organized Crime Enforcement and Specialized Criminal Investigations. These units include the Service’s high-profile investigative units, including the Homicide and Missing Persons Unit, the Integrated Guns and Gangs Task Force, the Hold-Up Squad and Forensic Identification Services.
Earlier in her career, Deputy Chief Pogue also served as the Unit Commander of Central District in Midtown Toronto, Unit Commander of the Hold-Up Squad and second-in-command of Intelligence Services. In addition, she has fulfilled a number of supervisory roles and worked as an investigator in various units throughout the organization including Intelligence Services, the Drug Squad, the Fugitive Squad and the Firearms Enforcement Unit.
Deputy Chief Pogue led security teams during the Pan Am Games and was the Ceremonies Chair for the Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. She served as an Incident Commander during many large demonstrations and other events, including the Raptor’s NBA playoff games and the Championship Parade. She is the Service’s executive sponsor of the Aboriginal Internal Support Network and also the Co-Chair of the Chief’s Aboriginal Consultative Committee, working closely with Indigenous Peoples to continue building meaningful partnerships.
Deputy Chief Pogue earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from York University and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College Canadian Security Studies Programme.