Sword Marks Change in Command

By Sara Faruqi, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:12 p.m. September 25, 2014
Updated: 3:49 p.m. September 29, 2014

The Chief’s Ceremonial Unit change of Command Parade took place on September 24 where Staff Sergeant Cam Durham passed the sword to Sergeant Stephen Sadler.

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Chief Blair transfers the sword to incoming Officer Commanding Stephen Sadler.

Durham joined the Ceremonial Unit in 2002, and was made Officer Commanding in 2006. He joined the Service in 1983 and has worked in Divisional, Traffic, Intelligence, Special Investigations, Divisional Criminal Investigations and Professional Standards roles. 

As Officer Commanding for eight years, Durham was involved in hundreds of events for the Service and community alike. 

In his final speech, Durham thanked the Chief, the Ceremonial Unit and his family for supporting him. 

Sadler, who has been an officer since 1988, currently works with Emergency Management and Public Order, and is team leader in CBRNE (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive) Response. Through his years at the Service, Sadler has been involved in the training or instruction of over 10,000 people in many disciplines across Canada, the United States and overseas. 

As second-in-command for the Ceremonial Unit, he has been involved in staffing and preparations for hundreds of events for the Unit. 

After he accepted the sword from Chief Bill Blair, Sadler spoke on being a good commanding officer, “I will do my best to be a proper officer commanding to you and I look forward to a great future,” he said.

The former Officer Commanding then said thank-you and farewell to his troops as the music of his choice was played by the Police Pipe Band. Durham good-naturedly chose the song ‘Will ye don’t come back again.’ 

The Chief’s Ceremonial Unit was formed in 1991 and consists of Service members both active and retired. Volunteers can come from any branch of the service, from police constables to civilian staff, including court officers. 

The duties of the Chief’s Ceremonial Command Unit can be everything from community celebrations to funerals. This year they participated in at least 200 engagements, according to Constable David Newton who is a Regimental Sergeant Major for the Unit.

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The Pipe Band marches past Chief Bill Blair.
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