Panels and Committees
In April 2018, as a result of a recommendation made by the jury at the Inquest into the Death of Andrew Loku, the Toronto Police Services Board established an Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Over the next two years, ARAP was involved in a number of important issues, including assisting in the drafting of a new Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting Policy for the Board and the development of a framework to monitor the implementation of the recommendations made by the jury in the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku. At its meeting of August 18, 2020, the Board approved ARAP’s “Recommended Monitoring Framework for the Implementation of the Recommendations Arising from the Inquest into the Death of Andrew Loku,” concluding the inaugural mandate of ARAP.
At the same meeting, the Board approved 81 recommendations related to police reform that put into place a roadmap for comprehensive policing reform and include building new community safety response models, initiatives to address systemic racism and concrete steps to improve trust with our communities. In addition, a number of recommendations focused on ARAP directly, including a recommendation making ARAP permanent and building in certain requirements to its structure, and a recommendation naming its new Co-Chairs, Ainsworth Morgan and Anthony Morgan.
ARAP's mandate is to advise and support the Board in relation to policing and racism, anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism, including:
- Identifying current issues relating to racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and policing, including developing and/or recommending policies, strategies and action plans for approval by the Board;
- Monitoring the implementation of the Toronto City Council’s Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
- Monitoring the implementation of the Board’s Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis, and Public Reporting Policy, including reviewing the data analysis and any interventions developed by the Service to address racial disparities for feedback and recommendations for enhancement;
- Monitoring the implementation of the recommendations from the Andrew Loku Inquest through the monitoring framework previously developed by ARAP;
- Reviewing Service reports on Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) use and making recommendations for enhancement;
- Monitoring the implementation of inquest recommendations as appropriate;
- Reviewing the development and implementation of all Service training and offering recommendations for enhancement, including training on anti-racism;
- Monitoring the implementation of the recommendations in the present report and providing advice to the Board on necessary enhancements and improvements; and
- Participating in the community consultation process on the Toronto Police Service’s annual budget.
Call for Applications
We are seeking membership from a cross-section of sectors, representing a vast span of expertise, experience and perspectives.
In particular, we believe that every member of ARAP should possess skills in the following areas:
- Analytical and Critical Thinking
- Interpersonal Communications
- Governance Expertise
- Commitment to ARAP’s mandate
In addition, we have identified some specific expertise that we would like one or more members to possess as follows: (it should be noted that it is not expected that all members will have expertise in all areas)
- Anti-racism and Anti-Black Racism Expertise
- Anti-Indigenous Racism Expertise
- Understanding of Toronto City Council’s Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism
- Data Analysis Expertise
- Budget Analysis Expertise
- Familiarity with Andrew Loku Inquest
- Mental Health and Addictions Expertise
Individuals wishing to apply for membership on ARAP will be required to provide a resume and to complete an application form, comprised of a series of questions about the applicant’s experience and background, including the level and nature of expertise the applicant has, the applicant’s background and relevant community experience. An emphasis will be placed on applicants with a background in anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, as well as a number of other relevant areas of expertise, as outlined in the Board report of August 18, 2020.
Applications must be received by Friday November 13, 2020, Those applicants who have been chosen to proceed through the process will be asked to attend a virtual interview with ARAP’s Co-Chairs in November and December of 2020. At the conclusion of the selection process, the Co-Chairs will recommend to the Board a list of proposed members to participate on ARAP. It is anticipated that the recommendations for membership will be made to the Board at its December 2020 meeting.
It is anticipated that ARAP will meet every two months, and as needed. It is anticipated that the first meeting of ARAP will be held in/by January 2021 and that ARAP’s membership will be reviewed at least every 3 years, or when otherwise required.
We thank the many members of the public who have applied for membership in the panel. The Board is no longer accepting applications for ARAP. We will be in contact with applicants chosen to proceed in the process shortly.