Police Board to hold Hybrid Public meeting on November 23, 2023
TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday November 23, 2023 at 9:00AM.
The agenda is available on the Board’s website at: https://www.tpsb.ca/meetings.
Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may register using the regular process, at https://www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation. The request must be received no later than 12:00PM on Wednesday November 22, 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: https://www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation. 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: https://youtube.com/live/seaTmZPuLLQ
Items of Interest at this Board meeting include:
GUN VIOLENCE AND BAIL REFORM
The Board will hear a presentation from Inspector Ken Taylor regarding the Toronto Police Service’s Gun Violence and Bail Reform initiative. This presentation will provide the results of a quantitative and qualitative study regarding community sentiment on gun violence. As the presentation will detail, Forum Research was hired and interviewed a total of 1,003 Toronto residents 18, years of age and older. In addition, a qualitative study was conducted with four population segments (general population, LGBTQ2S+, Black, and Indigenous), using in-depth interviews to explore the experiences and feelings of Toronto residents on safety in the city, gun violence, and bail for individuals charged with firearm-related offences. Six neighbourhood meet and greets were also conducted.
Among the key findings, the majority of respondents (78%) think that the City of Toronto is safe, and 2 in 3 (68%) do not feel it is reasonable to release a person on strict bail conditions into their neighbourhood if the person is charged with possessing a gun. In the in-depth qualitative interviews, Toronto residents generally expressed that they felt that violence, including but not limited to gun violence, is increasing in Toronto. In addition, it was found that perceptions on gun violence in the city varied widely between different population segments.
TORONTO POLICE SERVICE – ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw containing the Toronto Police Service’s Annual Statistical Report (A.S.R.). The A.S.R. provides a comprehensive overview of police related statistics including operational, crime, traffic, enforcement, and other policing data. The A.S.R. for 2022 will be released as a series of open data and interactive analytical products. The A.S.R. will be available through the Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal at https://data.torontopolice.on.ca/pages/annualstatisticalreport.
ANNUAL AUDIT AND QUALITY ASSURANCE REPORT
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw containing the Toronto Police Service’s Audit & Quality Assurance Annual Report. The report provides the Board with the Service’s 2023 Audit Work Plan and 2022 Ongoing/Not Yet Started Projects.
The 2023 Audit Work Plan was approved by the Executive Assurance Committee at its
February 23, 2023 meeting. The Work Plan is a working document and is designed to accommodate changes due to challenges that arise from project findings or the need to divert resources to deal with emerging issues. Some of the major projects in the 2023 Work Plan include the Property and Video Evidence Management Unit, Major Case Management, Body Worn Cameras, Information Technology, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (Cybersecurity), After Action Reports and Recommendations, Review of Implemented Police Reform Recommendations, and Destruction of Records.
The report also outlines projects ongoing at year end, and 2022 projects not started. The report also includes the estimated time to complete each project. The projects on this list are: Major Case Management, Serial Predator Notification Process and Body Worn Cameras.
As with all meetings, a recording of this meeting will be posted and archived to the Toronto Police Service YouTube account at https://www.youtube.com/TorontoPolice for members of the public to access later at their convenience.