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Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero reflects on first year, says community involvement his biggest success

Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

One year into his position, Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero said he’s had to learn how to do police work “with a lot less.”

Romero, who was sworn in as chief on June 4, 2019, was a lieutenant at the Hawthorne Police Department in California, which has a population of nearly 87,000, before coming to Ontario.

He has faced a “resource scarcity” in Ontario.

“One of my biggest challenges is, you know, slowing it down, trying to realize that I can't just pick up the phone and say, ‘I need 20 cops,’ or realize that I don't have, you know, X amount of officers working at any given moment that I can reallocate and redirect throughout the day,” said Romero.

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