TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Wednesday April 18, 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.
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Items of interest include:
NEW APPOINTMENT TO THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICES BOARD
The Board will consider correspondence from the City of Toronto regarding the appointment of Councillor Jim Hart to the Toronto Police Services Board. The Board will also consider correspondence from Councillor Shelley Carroll regarding her resignation from the Board.
NALOXONE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
The Board will receive an update and presentation regarding the ongoing implementation of officers being equipped with naloxone. As noted previously, the Toronto Police Service is moving ahead with the strategic deployment of Naloxone to members and it is anticipated that deployment of Naloxone to officers in the field will commence by the end of June 2018.
ANNUAL REPORT – HATE CRIME STATISTICAL REPORT
The Board will consider a report from the Chief on the 2017 Hate Crime Statistical Report. As the report notes, the Toronto Police Service Intelligence Services - Hate Crime Unit has collected statistics and has been responsible for ensuring full and thorough investigation of hate/bias crime offences since 1993. As detailed in the report, in 2017, in comparison to 2016, the number of reported occurrences increased from 145 to 186, representing a difference of approximately 28%, a fluctuation that can be attributed to multiple factors, including international events, community educational programs, hate crime training, and increased reporting. As the report also notes, in 2017, the Jewish community, followed by the Black community, the Muslim community, and the LGBTQ community were the groups most frequently victimized.
ANTI-RACISM ADVISORY PANEL – RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERIM STEERING COMMITTEE
The Board will consider a report from the members of the Interim Steering Committee, containing recommendations concerning the creation of the Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP), which is being established pursuant to a recommendation from the jury in the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku. The report recommends Board approve the elements of the establishment of ARAP, including its Terms of Reference, as well as the ARAP member recruitment process and application documents. As the report notes, there is an emphasis on ensuring that ARAP be as representative as possible, accessible to its members and focused on its significant mandate
ANNUAL REPORT – USE OF CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPONS (CEWS)
The Board will consider a report from the Chief, deferred from its previous meeting, with respect to the 2017 Annual Report on Conducted Energy Weapons (C.E.W.s). The report includes information in a number of areas, including incidents of C.E.W. use, the subject’s condition at time of C.E.W. use, the subject’s behaviour and threat level, other force options used prior to C.E.W. use, any injuries and deaths as a result of C.E.W. use, and any civil action as a result of C.E.W. use. In addition, as the report notes, in 2015, Corporate Risk Management began tracking and reporting on the effectiveness of C.E.W. use on emotionally disturbed persons, and a chart with this information is included in this year’s report. A new addition this year is a chart specifying the types of C.E.W. use on persons who were perceived to be suffering from the combined effects of emotional disturbance and alcohol and/or drugs. As the report states, in 2017, there were two minor injuries and no deaths directly related to C.E.W. use.
Contact: Sandy Murray