The Board’s meeting will proceed as a hybrid meeting.
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SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR DEPUTY MAYOR AMBER MORLEY
At its meeting of August 10, 2023, Toronto City Council appointed Councillor Jon Burnside, Councillor Lily Cheng, and Deputy Mayor Amber Morley to the Toronto Police Services Board for a term of office until December 31, 2024, and until their successors are appointed. Diana Achim, Board Administrator, will perform the swearing-in ceremony for Deputy Mayor Amber Morley. As Councillor Burnside will not be present at this meeting, his swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Board’s October meeting. It should be noted that both have been sworn in previously, on August 21, in order for them to be able to take on their duties, following their Council appointments.
BADGE PRESENTATION TO POLICE DOG BLUE
Blue, a Police Dog from the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, will be presented with a badge in a ceremony at the Board meeting.
EXTENSION OF TERM OF 911 CRISIS CALL DIVERSION PILOT PROJECT
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw recommending that the Board approve an extension of the 9-1-1 Crisis Call Diversion Pilot Project (9-1-1 C.C.D.) in partnership with Gerstein Crisis Centre (G.C.C.) from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024. The 9-1-1 C.C.D. co-locates a G.C.C. crisis worker with specialized training in mental health crisis response in the Service’s 9-1-1 Communications Services Call Centre. This pilot project aims to quickly connect inbound callers experiencing non-emergency mental health-related issues with mental health professionals and support at G.C.C. and other community support agencies.
At its meeting of June 24, 2021, the Board authorized the entering into of a M.O.U. between the Board and G.C.C. to establish the 9-1-1 C.C.D. pilot project in 51, 52 and 14 division 20 hours a day, seven days a week. At its meeting of September 13, 2022, the Board approved expansion of the pilot catchment area citywide with hours of operation extending to 24 hours each day. The Board further approved, in principle, an extension of the term of the pilot from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023. Collaboration in this pilot project demonstrates the willingness and determination of the Service to modernize the role of police in crisis events in a way that ensures that police are no longer the only or default service provider.
CONTRACT AWARD FOR MAJOR CASE MANAGEMENT AND VIOLENT CRIME LINKAGE ANALYSIS SYSTEM TRACKING SOFTWARE
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw recommending that the Board approve a contract award to Covalence Consulting Inc. (Covalence) for the modernization of the Major Case Management (M.C.M.) and Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (Vi.C.L.A.S.) tracking software for up to $700K for a nine-month period commencing upon Board approval, with an option to extend for an additional three month period.
This in-house built system is a complicated and critical software tool which is used to ensure the Service is compliant with Provincial legislation. Collecting required data regarding criteria offence occurrences, the software allows both Vi.C.L.A.S. and M.C.M. units to track, analyze, and report the results to assist investigators with both internal and legislative compliance. The administrative functionality of the software allows the Service to effectively manage the annual volume of cases that are handled by the units.
The Service is unique in the Ontario policing community due to the volume of occurrences which are generated, which cannot be handled by a manual spreadsheet. This tracking software allows the Service to ensure an excellent compliance record and meet annual audit and reporting requirements. It will also assist the Service in meeting the recommendations of Justice Epstein related to M.C.M. made in her report, Missing and Missed.
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.