TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday March 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.
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Items of interest include:
THE WAY FORWARD IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
The Board will receive a presentation on The Way Forward implementation update discussing the year in review. The Way Forward is the final report of the Transformational Task Force, outlining a plan for the modernization of the Toronto Police Service.
INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL REVIEW INTO SYSTEMIC CONCERNS RELATED TO MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATIONS
The Board will consider correspondence from Mayor John Tory and Chief Saunders with respect to an independent external review into systemic concerns related to missing persons investigations.
NEW ORGANIZATIONAL CHART FOR THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
The Board will consider a report from the Chief recommending the approval of a new organizational chart for the Toronto Police Service, which includes recent restructuring changes to address the modernization of the Service. The organizational chart includes three new Commands – Human Resources, Priority Response and Communities & Neighbourhoods. In addition, the report notes that the current 17 Toronto Police Service Divisions have now become ten Districts.
TORONTO POLICE SERVICE RESPONSE TO THE JURY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CORONER’S INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF MR. ANDREW LOKU
The Board will consider a report from the Chief containing the response of the Toronto Police Service to the recommendations of the jury in the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Mr. Andrew Loku. As the report notes, the jury made 39 recommendations, with recommendations 1- 15 being directed to the Toronto Police Service. The Service has implemented, implemented in part, or implemented in an alternative form, 10 of the 15 recommendations. One of the recommendations is under consideration and the Service does not concur with four of the recommendations as well as a recommendation directed to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, which the reports notes is more appropriately directed to the Service. The report states that the Service responds to calls for service involving emotionally disturbed persons or the mentally ill using thorough well-established practices and procedures and that the training emphasizes communication and de-escalation skills, consistent with the Service’s goal of zero deaths. In addition, the report states that the Service remains committed to delivering police services to all our communities and our members in a sensitive, professional, fair, impartial, ethical and bias-free manner.
ANNUAL REPORT – USE OF CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPONS (CEWS)
The Board will consider a report from the Chief 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.