Hybrid meeting format and associated public health guidance
The Board’s meeting will proceed as a hybrid meeting. This is consistent with recent changes by the City of Toronto in the way it is holding its City Council and Committee meetings. We ask that individuals attending in-person consider the guidance provided by Toronto Public Health that “[m]asks are strongly recommended in indoor public settings.” As a result, the Board is recommending masking and physical distancing, and especially masking where physical distancing is not consistently possible.
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://youtu.be/g0_5v54RUHY
Items of Interest at this Board meeting include:
2021 TORONTO POLICE COLLEGE TRAINING PROGRAM
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report from Chief Ramer regarding the 2021 Toronto Police College Training Program. This will include an overview of all the training and various courses provided, the sections of the College, and for what each is responsible, and a discussion on an evaluation of the training. In addition, there will be detailed information on the new and evolving content for the 2022/2023 curriculum, which includes “Black Experiences – Moving from Reflection to Action,” “The Indigenous Experience,” and changes made as a result of recommendations by the Board’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel.
AUDITOR GENERAL DRAFT PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report from Chief Ramer regarding the Auditor General Draft Project Implementation Strategy, including a letter from the Deputy City Manager on the proposed collaboration with the City of Toronto on the Auditor General’s recommendations. At its June 22, 2022 meeting, the Board heard a presentation from the Auditor General, Beverly Romeo-Beehler, who presented three reports containing a series of recommendations aimed at improving the Service’s operations related to calls for service and 911 operations. The Service agreed with all 51 of the Auditor General’s recommendations, and provided a management response containing implementation details. Subsequently, the Service drafted a strategy to guide the implementation of the recommendations directed to the Service.
A number of the Auditor General’s recommendations within that report require close collaboration between the Service and the City of Toronto. Some recommendations are complex and require effort from multiple City divisions, close coordination and executive leadership. To accomplish this, the Deputy City Manager has convened a leadership table to work closely with the Service.
INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER WETTLAUFER - JURY VERDICT
The Board will consider a report from Wendy Walberg, City Solicitor, recommending that the Board receive the verdict of the jury in the inquest into the death of Alexander Peter Wettlaufer, and request a report from the Chief in relation to the feasibility, usefulness and implementation of those recommendations directed to the Service. Seven recommendations were directed to the Service, three of which were joint recommendations, unanimously endorsed by all parties. The recommendations are focused on improving the effectiveness of crisis negotiations by ETF officers, including through the use of technology.
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.
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.