Police Board to meet Thursday February 21, 2019
TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Thursday February 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM (please note the change in start time) 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.
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Items of interest include:
ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARD’S MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS ADVISORY PANEL
The Board will consider a report from the Chair and Board Member Uppala Chandrasekera recommending that it approve the establishment of the Board’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP). The report includes proposed Terms of Reference for the MHAAP and describes its main objective as “to review the implementation of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and to provide ongoing advice to the Board with respect to this important work.” The report also recommends approval of an application process, which outlines the requisite “core skills” and invites applications from individuals with specific expertise in mental health and addictions, and individuals with lived experience. As the report notes, the first meeting of the MHAAP is anticipated to take place in September 2019.The report also details the extensive work of the Board in the area of mental health and addictions, and, in particular, the important role of the Board’s Mental Health Sub-Committee.
ANNUAL REPORT ON HEALTHY WORKPLACE INITIATIVES
The Board will consider a report from the Chief with respect to the 2018 annual report on the healthy workplace initiatives for the Toronto Police Service. The report includes information on the wellness presentations for the 2017, 2018 and proposed 2019 In-Service Training Program (I.S.T.P.); ongoing wellness presentations on weight loss, physical fitness and counselling; mental health, yoga and mindfulness/meditation programming; the Service’s chaplaincy services; and investments in wellness personnel.
UPDATED ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
The Board will consider a report from the Chief recommending approval of a new organizational chart for the Service. The Board has requested that all organizational charts be submitted to the Board on an annual basis. The amendments in the past year include moving the Diversity & Inclusion Unit from Strategy Management to the People & Culture pillar and renaming Business Intelligence & Analytics as Analytics & Innovation. As the report notes, this name change highlights the focus on analytics as the Unit moves to civilianize and enhance analytics within the Service and to the public, as well as to denote the emphasis on innovation as an approach to support members of the Service and the public.
ANNUAL REPORT ON UNIFORM PROMOTIONS
The Board will consider the Chief’s 2018 annual report on uniform promotions for the Toronto Police Service. As the report notes, the Service proceeded with the promotion of members who were on an eligibility list and 86 Police Constables were promoted from the 2015 Sergeant Eligibility List. The report also attaches a diversity analysis for the members promoted in 2018 to the rank of Sergeant, noting that 24% were from Aboriginal and diverse racial backgrounds, and female members made up 15%.
ANNUAL REPORT ON AWARDS
The Board will consider a report from the Chair with respect to the 2018 annual report on the awards granted by the Toronto Police Services Board. The Board has established and maintains an award system that supports the core values and mission of the Toronto Police Service and ensures proper recognition of its employees. The report includes information on Merit Marks, Commendations, Teamwork Commendations, the Robert Qualtrough Award, and the Mental Health Excellence Award granted in 2018. It also includes information on Community Member Awards and Letters of Recognition granted to community members in 2018.
Contact: Sandy Murray