Gardaí Welcome Hot Shot Canadian Cop As One of Two New Deputy Assistants

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Dr. Shawna Coxon

Toronto’s Deputy Police Chief Dr. Shawna Coxon and the acting Deputy Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon have been ratified by the Government to new roles as Deputy Garda Commissioners after nomination by the Policing Authority.

Dr. Coxon had been Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service for over three years, having served as a police officer in the Canadian force for 24 years.

Dr Coxon was one of three deputy chiefs appointed in the Toronto force in 2017 as part of an effort to modernise and transform the service.

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Clare native, Ms. McMahon joined the gardaí in 1986 and was appointed assistant commissioner in 2016. She was upgraded temporarily from assistant commissioner to deputy to fill the gap created by the promotion of Donall O’Cualain to the rank of Commissioner after Noirin O’Sullivan left the force.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said today…

Anne Marie brings huge policing experience, competence in difficult senior command roles, and drive and determination in delivering change through the Policing Service for our Future reform agenda. Through the exercise of positive leadership and example she has earned the trust and respect of members and staff within An Garda Síochána.

Deputy Commissioner Coxon brings with her extensive policing experience from her service in Toronto, Canada. In particular, she has experience of change management, community policing in a diverse city and serious crime investigations including utilising intelligence to its full potential.

I look forward to working with the Deputy Commissioners in the months and years ahead as the Policing Service for our Future reforms are delivered and we continue to deliver a policing service that keeps people safe through a strong bond between An Garda Siochana and the community.”