At its April 2018 meeting, the Toronto Police Services Board (Board) approved the establishment of the Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP). ARAP’s work was initially intended to focus only on the establishment of a monitoring framework – that is, key benchmarks and performance indicators – for the Board to use in assessing the response to and implementation of each of the recommendations from the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku.
Following the release of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s interim report, “A Collective Impact: Interim report on the inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service”, the Board determined it was appropriate to expand ARAP’s mandate to include the development of a mandatory race-based data collection policy for the TPS.
To this end, the committee has met monthly since February 2019 and spent a significant amount of time having detailed discussions on all matters related to the collection of race-based data. Additionally, ARAP has received a number of presentations by subject matter experts (ie. Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Racism Directorate, etc), as well as undertaken independent research on international best practices on race-based data collection, analysis and reporting in order to inform this draft policy.
Given the significant policy and historical issues related to race-based data collection by police services, ARAP emphasized the importance of conducting consultations on the draft policy with interested stakeholders and experts. The Board and ARAP appreciate the time you are taking to be part of this consultative process. At the conclusion of the consultations, a draft policy will be submitted to the Toronto Police Services Board for formal consideration in the Fall of 2019.
This survey contains a summary review of each section of the draft policy and is meant to facilitate your input, feedback and/or recommendations. For clarity on any section, please refer back to the draft policy.