TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017 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 the following link.
PRESENTATION – THE WAY FORWARD – SECOND QUARTERLY IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report regarding The Way Forward Second Quarterly Implementation Update. The final Transformational Task Force (T.T.F.) report was approved by the Board at its February 2017 meeting. In its final report, entitled The Way Forward (T.W.F.), the T.T.F. described an action plan that defines the path to excellence for the Service. As part of its active accountability for modernization, it includes a commitment to quarterly reporting to the Board; this is the second of these reports. This action plan includes 32 recommendations to modernize the Service, each of which has been grouped into work streams. The report includes information on a number of issues including the new policing model, service reallocation, paid duties and special events, culture change, and challenges, as well as status updates regarding the implementation of each of the recommendations.
SERVICE VEHICLES – DESIGN AND COLOUR
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report regarding the design and colour of the new Service vehicles. The report includes information about comprehensive surveys provided to both Service members and community members which included questions about various design elements. As the report notes, the new Service vehicles have been designed with visibility and professionalism in mind. The report also states that members of the public can expect to see the redesigned vehicles in the community as early as August 2017 and it is expected to take four to five years for the entire fleet to be replaced with this design concept.
2016 TORONTO POLICE SERVICE PERFORMANCE REPORT
The Board will consider a report from the Chief containing the 2016 Toronto Police Service Performance Report. This report is prepared annually as part of the strategic planning process and provides the results of the measurement of the Service Priorities, using the performance indicators set out in the Business Plan, as required by Ontario Regulation 3/99. As the report notes, the 2014-2016 Business Plan includes three priorities: i) safe communities and neighbourhoods, ii) economic sustainability and operational excellence, and iii) high quality professional service to the community. The report includes results for the more than 70 performance indicators, as well as information on the activities undertaken by the Service to address the goals and priorities. As the report also notes, during 2016, the final year of the three-year Plan, more than half of the performance indicators were achieved and a number of projects that were underway were halted and rolled into the scope of the Transformational Task Force.
INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF ANDREW LOKU – JURY VERDICT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The Board will consider a report from Ms. Wendy Walberg, City Solicitor, City of Toronto, regarding the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku, detailing the jury’s verdict and recommendations. The report summarizes the outcome of the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku, who was shot by a Toronto police officer on July 5, 2015. As the report notes, 15 recommendations were directed to the Toronto Police Service and three were directed to the Board. The report recommends that the Board receive the jury's verdict and list of recommendations and that the Board request the Chief of Police to report back to the Board in relation to the feasibility, usefulness and implementation of the recommendations within his purview.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM REVIEW AND EVALUATION
The Board will consider a report from the Chief regarding the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Review and Evaluation. The report recommends that the Board approve a review and evaluation of the Service’s SRO program to be carried out by Ryerson University as well as an expenditure of $80,000 from the Board’s Special Fund to support this review. As the report notes, with the Service’s current focus on modernization, community engagement, and ensuring the most effective and efficient use of police resources, an independent and thorough review and evaluation of this program is appropriate at this time; it is proposed that this review and evaluation be carried out by Ryerson University. The report states that the objective of this review is to assess the current implementation and environment of the SRO program, taking into consideration the variety of viewpoints of and experiences with the program, using the principles of inclusivity, equity and safety. The report also outlines deliverables, plans for community consultation, membership of the Steering Committee and Review Committees, and timelines.