Police Board to meet Thursday February 22, 2018

TORONTO:  The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday February 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Auditorium, 40 College Street.  Copies of the agenda are available on the Board’s website at www.tpsb.ca, from the Board office and limited copies will be available at the meeting.

The Board meeting may be viewed via LiveStream on YouTube using this link

Those members of the public who would like to make a deputation to the Board regarding an item on the agenda should refer to the Notice for Making a Deputation at this link.

Items of interest include:

The Board will consider a report from the Chief entitled “Zero Deaths - Expanded Deployment of Conducted Energy Weapons.”  The report recommends the expanded deployment of Conducted Energy Weapons (C.E.W.) to frontline police constables, through the purchase of up to 400 additional C.E.W.s to on-duty uniform constables of the Priority Response Unit (P.R.U.) and to on-duty constables from designated specialized units, at a cost of approximately $950,000.   The report describes the suite of responses available to Priority Response Unit officers tasked with responding to everyday calls for service. It highlights some of the current suite of responses including de-escalation, open-handed techniques, O.C. spray, the expandable baton, the SOCK rifle, as well as some of the expertise that is sometimes available to officers: the Emergency Task Force and the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team. The report also describes the limitations these options present in achieving the Service’s goal of zero deaths, and it recommends that the C.E.W. be expanded to Priority Response Unit constables to address these gaps. While the report notes that the C.E.W. is not without risk, the Service believes that through proper governance, training, supervision, innovation, and accountability through public reporting, the C.E.W. is an important supplement to the current suite of responses available to frontline police constables who aspire to achieve zero deaths in encounters with the public.

The Board will consider a report from the Chief regarding the issuance of Naloxone kits to specific uniformed members.  The report was provided in response to the Board’s request at its meeting of November 16, 2017, when it requested a detailed report on the issuance of Naloxone to police service members, including comparable information about the issuance of Naloxone to officers by other large police services in Canada.  As the report notes, the Toronto Police Service will implement a structured issuance of a Naloxone nasal spray to its sworn members, and details the steps in this plan. The report explains that the deployment of officers equipped with Naloxone will complement Toronto paramedic and fire personnel who are also able to administer Naloxone. The report notes that the Toronto Police Service is eligible to receive free Naloxone kits through Toronto Public Health.

The Board will consider a report from Ms. Notisha Massaquoi, on behalf of the Interim Steering Committee, containing an update on the establishment of the Interim Steering Committee, which was directed by the Board at its meeting of December 14, 2017.  In its consideration of a report recommending its response to the three recommendations directed to the Board by the jury in the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Andrew Loku.  As the report notes, the Interim Steering Committee is in the process of being established and its membership will be finalized shortly.  The report also details the meetings that have been held to inform the drafting of the terms of reference for the Board’s new anti-racism committee.

Contact:  Sandy Murray