Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) Launches Transformational Task Force
TORONTO (FEBRUARY 16, 2016) – A panel of community members and police experts will guide the transformation of policing in Toronto, with a focus on modernizing operations and containing costs.
The Transformational Task Force will examine recommendations related to the long-term reform of how policing is delivered in Toronto and report to the TPSB by June 2016 with a recommended path for implementation. A full implementation plan will be delivered by the end of 2016.
“We have to do more than contain the growing cost of policing. This task force will examine all elements of police operations in Toronto and propose bold, responsible measures that will give officers the right tools to do their jobs, while increasing efficiency and building public trust,” said Andy Pringle, TPSB Chair.
As part of its mandate, the Task Force will study the recommendations prepared for the TPSB by KPMG in 2015, as well as other recommended reforms from a variety of independent bodies. The group will look for sustainable savings in both operating and capital budgets, and introduce a new intelligence-led model for police service delivery that places communities at its core and optimizes the use of resources and technology.
The Task Force will be co-chaired by Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders. It is made up of 6 members drawn from across the Toronto Police Service and 6 community members, including co-chair Andy Pringle, and:
Jeff Griffiths: Former City of Toronto Auditor General, 2002-2014
David Soknacki: Former City Councillor, Chair of the Budget Committee, 2003-2006, President and founder of Ecom Trading Corporation
Michelle DiEmanuele: President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners with expertise in large-scale change and cultural transformation. Former Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government
Ken Jeffers: Member of the Toronto Police Services Board, former manager of Access & Diversity at the City of Toronto
Sevaun Palvetzian: CEO at CivicAction, former Director in the Ontario Government