TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on Monday December 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM. The meeting will take place at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W., Committee Room #2 (please note the change in venue from Toronto Police Headquarters). 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:
Those members of the public who would like to make a deputation to the Board regarding an item on the agenda should refer to the Notice for Making a Deputation at this link.
Items of interest include:
BUDGET REQUESTS – 2020
The Board will consider a report from Chair Hart recommending, on behalf of the Board’s Budget Committee, approval of the Toronto Police Service operating and capital budgets, the Parking Enforcement operating budget, and the Board’s operating budget. Mr. Tony Veneziano, CAO, Toronto Police Service, will deliver a presentation concerning the Service’s budget requests. As the report from the Chair notes, the Board’s Budget Committee held a public meeting on December 5, 2019, to review each of the budget proposals. After deliberating, the Budget Committee recommended that the Board approve all four of the proposed budgets. If the Board approves the budgets, it is recommended that the Board then forward the Chair’s report to the City’s Budget Committee for consideration in the City’s upcoming 2020 budget process.
UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTAION OF BOARD’S RACE-BASED DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND PUBLIC REPORTING POLICY
The Board will consider a report from the Chief outlining the progress on implementing the Board’s Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting Policy. As the report notes, the Service has been working with internal and external stakeholders to develop a comprehensive implementation process for the Policy, guided by an integrated approach that brings together operational and analytical perspectives. The report states that the Service will, among other things, begin race data collection on January 1, 2020 for Use of Force and Level 3 Searches (strip searches), and have a comprehensive system in place by January 2021, with regular updates to the Board regarding implementation.
QUARTERLY REPORT FROM THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE’S BOARD’s ANTI-RACISM ADVISORY PANEL (ARAP)
The Board will consider a quarterly update from Uppala Chandrasekera and Notisha Massaquoi, ARAP Co-Chairs, on ARAP’s work over the last several months. The report details ARAP’s comprehensive process to develop a Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting Policy, which was approved by the Board in September. The report also includes information regarding ARAP’s continued work on the development of a monitoring framework for the recommendations arising out of the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku. As this important work is ongoing, the report recommends that the Board approve the extension of ARAP’s mandate to provide it with the opportunity to complete the Loku Monitoring Framework.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE BOARD AND MIDAYNTA COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Board will consider a report from Chair Hart recommending the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Toronto Police Services Board and Midaynta Community Services. Midaynta acts as a representative of the group of mothers from Toronto’s Somali community who form the Mending a Crack in the Sky (MCIS) initiative. As the report notes, the purpose of this MOU is to establish a formal and equal working relationship between the Board, the Service, and Midaynta, who are all interested in improving community safety. Given its mandate, Midaynta is specifically focused on improving the safety of young Somali males – in particular, in relation to their safety from gun violence that is currently impacting the Somali-Canadian community, through collaboration with the Board and the Service. The MOU highlights three areas in this partnership: Transparency, Building Trust, and Community Safety.
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.
Senior Advisor, Toronto Police Services Board