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Friday July 28, 2006
The commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is leaving the force for a policing job in Ireland, amid criticism for the way she handled a native occupation of a disputed housing development in Caledonia.

Gwen Boniface joined the OPP in 1977 and in 1998 became the first woman commissioner of the provincial force.

She will take official leave in October to join a newly established three-person panel that will oversee Ireland's 13,000-member National Police Force, Ontario Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter said Friday.

The announcement of Boniface's departure comes about five months after aboriginal protesters began occupying the Caledonia construction site, maintaining that the land is part of a land grant from the late 1700s.

The provincial and federal governments have maintained the land was later surrendered.

Kwinter told CBC News that Boniface's departure has nothing to do with the Caledonia standoff.

He said Boniface was made an offer she couldn't refuse, and added her decision was both a personal and professional one. source.

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Controversial OPP commissioner stepping down