Premier Dalton McGuinty has extended Julian Fantino's contract as commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police until October 2009.
The one-year extension of Fantino's appointment was approved by the Liberal cabinet last month and signed by Lt.-Gov. David Onley on Feb. 28.
Fantino, a former police chief in Toronto, York Region and London, Ont., was given a two-year contract when he became leader of the 7,000-member OPP in October 2006.
He was born in Italy in 1942 and started his career as a beat cop in Toronto in 1964.
Fantino has changed the look of the OPP, bringing back the classic black-and-white police cruisers, and pushed the force to crack down on dangerous drivers.
One of Fantino's biggest challenges as commissioner has been a two-year aboriginal occupation in Caledonia.
OPP officers and Six Nations protesters clashed several times at the onset of the occupation and local residents have accused the police of inaction.
About 20 protesters from Caledonia took their complaints to Fantino's home in Woodbridge earlier this month, but the commissioner was in Caledonia that day meeting police and residents.