Police Board to meet Tuesday October 22, 2019
TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Tuesday October 22, 2019 at 1:30 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.
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Items of interest include:
PRESENTATION: TORONTO POLICE SERVICE’S MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS STRATEGY
Inspector Chris Boddy will make a presentation and the Board will consider a report from the Chief with respect to the Toronto Police Service’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. As the report notes, responding to people who may be experiencing mental health and/ or addictions issues has become a fundamental part of a police officer’s job. This comprehensive, evaluation-based Strategy charts an important roadmap for the Service, representing a dynamic and evolving plan that illustrates how we will effectively and compassionately respond to individuals who may be experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues and work toward our goal of zero deaths while ensuring the well-being, safety, rights and dignity of individuals and communities. As the report also notes, the Strategy is focused not only on how best to deal with the community but also emphasizes organizational wellness as a significant priority, stating thatthe Service’s programs and training will focus on eliminating the stigma, prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health and/or addictions issues.
PRESENTATION: PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, will make a presentation to the Board to discuss findings from a recent Toronto Public Health report entitled Toronto Public Health Update: TO Health Check, on the health status of our city’s population, and how this is relevant to the Board.
PROCESS FOR REVIEWING 2020 CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS
The Board will consider a report from Acting Chair Uppala Chandrasekera regarding the process for reviewing the 2020 Capital and Operating budgets for the Service, Board and Parking Enforcement Unit. The report recommends the establishment of a Board Budget Committee, including the designation of its members, and outlines the proposed timelines and steps associated with this year’s budget process. The process includes opportunity for public input.
REQUEST FOR SPECIAL FUNDS – CARDIAC HEALTH FAIR
The Board will consider a report from the Chief with respect to a request for special funds to support a Cardiac Health Fair. The report recommends that the Board approve an expenditure of approximately $3,500 from the Board’s Special Fund to support the Service’s pilot of a health promotion initiative focused on cardiovascular health in partnership with the Toronto Police Association, Senior Officers’ Organization, and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the University Health Network. Recognizing that cardiac-related health conditions are one of the highest disease concerns that affect our organization, the Cardiac Health Fair will provide Service Members with an opportunity to use a variety of risk screening tools such as blood pressure tests, physical activity, nutrition, body mass index, sleep, and age and waist circumference assessments.
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.
Sandy Murray www.tpsb.ca
Senior Advisor, Toronto Police Services Board