TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday June 15, 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: https://youtu.be/J6lVDtmlATk.
Those members of the public who would like to make a deputation to the Board regarding an item on the agenda should be reminded that in accordance with the Board’s Procedural By-Law, requests must be made by no later than noon on Wednesday June 14 using the following link: http://www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation.
Items of interest include:
ANNUAL CORPORATE RISK MANAGEMENT REPORT
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report from the Chief containing the 2016 Corporate Risk Management Annual Report. This report contained information about public complaints, civil litigation, charges under the Police Services Act, use of force, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and suspect apprehension pursuits. The report also includes achievements by Service members as recognized through Service Awards. The Annual Report for 2016 shows, among other things, an increase in public complaints received, an increase in the number of police officers facing Police Services Act charges, an increase in the number of Use of Force incidents, a decrease in the number of Conducted Energy Weapon (C.E.W.) reports and a decrease in the number of incidents in which the Special Investigations Unit invoked its mandate.
RESPONSE TO CITY COUNCIL MOTIONS – ACCESS TO CITY SERVICES FOR UNDOCUMENTED TORONTONIANS
The Board will consider a report from the Chief deferred from its meeting of March 23, 2017, containing a response to recent City Council Motions pertaining to access to City services for undocumented Torontonian. The report responds to motions adopted by Council at its meetings of December 9 and 19, 2015, four of which were directed to the Toronto Police Service. At this time, Council reaffirmed its commitment that the City of Toronto should provide all Torontonians, including undocumented Torontonians, with access to City services, without proof of citizen status. As the report states, the Service is committed to providing bias-free policing to all members of the community, regardless of immigration status. The report also notes that the Service’s primary mandate is not the enforcement of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (I.R.P.A.) and only takes an interest in violations of the I.R.P.A. when they overlap with the Service’s mission to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be. The report also includes specific additional measures the Service intends to take on this issue and outlines the limits imposed by the law. The Board will also consider a supplementary report from the Chief containing additional information on this issue.
REVIEW OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM
The Board will consider a matter which was deferred from the May 23, 2017 meeting. At that meeting, the Board was in receipt of a report from the Chair regarding the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. At that time, Mr. Ken Jeffers proposed a motion that the Board immediately suspend the SRO Program pending a meeting/consultation with the stakeholders; the Board deferred consideration of Mr. Jeffers’ motion regarding the suspension of the SRO Program to its June meeting so that interested parties may have an opportunity to provide comments to the Board.
QUARTERLY REPORT ON ACCESS TO HISTORICAL DATA AND REPORT FROM REGULATED INTERACTIONS REVIEW PANEL
The Board will consider a report from the Chief containing the first quarterly report regarding access to Historical Contact Data collected under various former contact cards. The Board will also consider a report from the Regulated Interactions Review Panel outlining their findings related to the first quarterly report. The Chief’s report has been provided pursuant to the Board’s policy entitled “Regulated Interaction with the Community and the Collection of Identifying Information” which includes a requirement for the Chief to provide to the Board, on a quarterly basis, a public report on requests, approvals, and purpose(s) for access to Historical Contact Data as well as whether or not access fulfilled the purpose(s) for which it was granted. The Board policy also established a panel to review and make recommendations to the Board regarding access. The report notes that the Review Panel is satisfied that the first quarterly report complies with the Board’s policy; however, it requests that additional information be included in the next quarterly report pursuant to a number of recommendations it makes.