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Left, Chief Charles Bordeleau, OACP President and chief of the Ottawa Police Service, Chief Bryan Larkin of the Waterloo Regional Police and OACP vice president, and right, Chief Jeff McGuire, OACP past president and chief of the Niagara Regional Police. (CBC)

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin is set to become the new president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) at this week's annual meeting taking place in Kitchener.

Chief Larkin has been a vice-president for a number of years and will be formally nominated Wednesday for the new job, which comes with more responsibility.

"For me professionally, the timing is right," said Larkin. "We're heading into an election year as our local community knows I very much enjoy public policy, I enjoy the public debate, the consultation, the engagement around those pieces and so look forward to advancing the agenda of the Ontario Chiefs."

Chief Larkin will become the fifth local president of the OACP following former Chiefs Matt Torigian, Larry Graville and Harold Basse. The very first president of the OACP was Chief John Patrick of the Kitchener Police Force, who led the inaugural meeting of the association at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener in 1956.

Future of policing

Over 200 police leaders are meeting to discuss the changes to their profession and find solutions about how to work with those changes going forward.

Besides technological advancements, outgoing president Charles Bourdeleau, who is also the chief of the Ottawa Police Service, said they are discussing a number of ways to advance the profession.  

"One of the things we're looking at is the college of policing, much like the U.K," said Bordeleau. "[We're] having discussions with our government on how that would look in Ontario. Much like the college of nurses or physicians."

Other aspects on the table include the impact of marijuana legislation on policing as well as giving officers the tools and training they need to investigate cyber crime.

Those in attendance will also hear from Justice Michael Tulloch on Wednesday when he will discuss the province's review of police oversight.

Larkin response to lawsuit

CBC News asked Chief Larkin for comment about the sexual harassment lawsuit facing Waterloo Regional police.

"We don't tolerate harassment and discrimination in our workplace," said Larkin, though he cautioned he could not get into specifics, as the case is ongoing. 

Waterloo Regional Police have until the end of June to file a statement of defence.