Statement by Andy Pringle, Chair, Toronto Police Services Board on Chief of Police’s Administrative Reports Following SIU Investigations

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today, the Toronto Police Services Board approved a motion to develop an interim public reporting process arising out of Section 11 administrative reports prepared by the Chief of Police following an SIU investigation.  These Section 11 reports, legislated by the Police Services Act, are used to review policy, procedures, service, officer conduct and training, among other areas, to identify any gaps and recommend changes where necessary.

The Board acknowledges that there is considerable public interest in these reports.  The need for greater public disclosure and transparency must be balanced with valid concerns about privacy, confidentiality and legal considerations involved.

The interim public reporting process to be developed, which will be used every time the Chief provides a Section 11 report to the Board, will disclose as much information as is possible in the circumstances of the case and will include such information as the scope of review, the conclusions reached, and any recommendations for change.

The Board directed that the new process be implemented by June 17, 2016 and directed that, on that date, the Chief submit public reports arising out of the Chief’s section 11 administrative reports on the Board's May 19, 2016 agenda, including that pertaining to Mr. Andrew Loku.  The Board also stated that it would reconsider this process upon receipt of the results of the provincial review of police oversight agencies currently being conducted by Justice Michael Tulloch.

The Board is confident this new process will strike the appropriate balance between the need for confidentiality and the importance of public disclosure, accountability and transparency.