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Police Board to hold Hybrid Meeting on October 19, 2023

Police Board to hold Hybrid Meeting on October 19, 2023
October 12, 2023

TORONTO:  The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday October 19, 2023 at 9:00AM.


The agenda is available on the Board’s website at:


Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may register using the regular process, at  The request must be received no later than 12:00PM on Wednesday October 18, 2023


The Board’s meeting will proceed as a hybrid meeting. 


Sign-up to make a deputation


If you wish to sign up to make a deputation on an item, please use our Making a Deputation sign-up form:  Registered deputants will have the option of making their deputation in-person or virtually. Virtual deputations would be available either by video via WebEx, or audio-only by phone.


In addition, members of the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting as an observer through our livestream at:


Items of Interest at this Board meeting include:




At its meeting of August 10, 2023, Toronto City Council appointed Councillor Jon Burnside, Councillor Lily Cheng (reappointment), and Deputy Mayor Amber Morley to the Toronto Police Services Board for a term of office until December 31, 2024, and until their successors are appointed.  Diana Achim, Board Administrator, will perform the swearing-in ceremony for Councillor Jon Burnside who was unable to attend the Board’s September meeting.  It should be noted that Councillor Burnside has been sworn in previously, on August 21, in order for him to be able to take on his Board duties, following his Council appointment.




The Board will consider a report from Dubi Kanengisser, Executive Director, providing an update on the 2024 Budget Committee. The purpose of this report is to update the 2024 Budget Committee by filling a vacancy that was created through the departure of Councillor Vincent Crisanti from the Board and, as a result, the Budget Committee. Additionally, as the report states, in order to increase meeting accessibility for members of the public, the Board would like to explore a more flexible meeting schedule that could include different meeting times and/or platforms.




The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw which provides an outline of the training delivered by the Toronto Police College (T.P.C.) during 2022.  As the report states, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of training, the T.P.C. employs the Kirkpatrick Model; a comprehensive evaluation framework. This model encompasses four levels: (1) reaction, (2) learning, (3) behavior, and (4) results.  The report includes details on a level 3 evaluation of three training modules: Police Trauma-Informed Resiliency; Centering Black Experiences; and Indigenous Experience.


In addition, when the Board considered the 2021 training report, it requested a report providing information on a number of items, including the efforts undertaken to attempt to retain an expert third-party resource to evaluate the T.P.C.’s training programs, methods that could be used to improve training evaluation survey update by Service Members, a more complete understanding of how the “Fair and Unbiased Policing Course” could be effectively offered, and the means by which  changes in Members’ perspectives might be determined through anonymous surveys, including the use of technology, as part of measuring the effectiveness of some of these training programs.  This Board report details the Service’s ongoing response in each of these areas, noting that all of these are currently in progress, although not entirely complete.




The Board will consider a report form Chief Demkiw containing a response to the jury recommendations from the Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Mr. Beau Aaron

Baker.  Mr. Baker was a 20-year-old male who died in April, 2015, following an interaction with officers from the Hamilton Police Service.  The Coroner’s jury made 24 recommendations, three of which are directed to all police services in Ontario, and are detailed in this report.  They deal with case conferencing/case management, advising the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) of all calls involving persons in crisis even when they are not involved in the initial response, and securing adequate funding and resources to implement the inquest jury’s recommendations.


As the report notes, a review of Service governance, training and current practices has been conducted and the Service concurs with recommendations 13, 15 and 24. These recommendations have been implemented and are incorporated into current Service procedures, training and the MCIT response.


As with all meetings, a recording of this meeting will be posted and archived to the Toronto Police Service YouTube account at for members of the public to access later at their convenience.



The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.

Contact:            Sandy Murray

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