Police Board to hold Virtual Meeting on June 19, 2020
Items of Interest at this virtual Board meeting include:ANNUAL REPORT – CORPORATE RISK MANAGEMENT
The Board will consider a report from the Chief containing the 2019 Corporate Risk Management annual report. This report provides statistical comparisons and trend analyses on a number of topics, including awards, civil litigation, public complaints, use of force reporting, S.I.U. investigations, and suspect apprehension pursuits. This reports shows, among other things, that in 2019, there was a decrease in the number of incidents in which the S.I.U. invoked its mandate, an increase in the number of officers charged under the P.S.A., a decrease in the number of public complaints, an increase in the number of Use of Force incidents, and an increase in the number of Suspect Apprehension Pursuits initiated. It also reports on the achievements of Service Members as recognized through Service awards.
ANNUAL REPORT – HATE CRIMES
The Board will consider a report from the Chief containing the 2019 Annual Hate Crime Statistical report. The Service’s Hate Crime Unit (H.C.U.) is a sub-unit of Intelligence Services - Security Section. This report provides statistical data about criminal offences that are committed against a person or property that are motivated by bias, prejudice, or hate, based on the victim’s (either perceived or real) race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or expression or any other similar factor within the City of Toronto. As the report notes, the total number of hate crimes reported to the Service in 2019 increased over the previous year from 137 to 139, representing a difference of approximately 1.5%, and mischief to property, assault, and utter threats were the three most frequently reported criminal offences motivated by hate in 2019. As the report also notes, in 2019, the Jewish community, followed by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, the Black community, and the Muslim community were the most frequently victimized groups.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BOARD’S PROCEDURAL BY-LAW
The Board will consider a report from the Chair recommending a number of changes to the Board’s Procedural By-law. The changes to the Board’s Procedural By-law will bring it in line with the changing role of the Board’s Executive Director and allow for meetings at different locations and translators as needed. It will also include provisions for the holding of electronic meetings, something the Board has done recently during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Contact: Sandy Murray