LXXV PO-001 – Public Order Unit
Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.15, as amended, s. 31(1)(c).
Adequacy & Effectiveness of Police Services, O. Reg. 3/99, ss. 18(1)(3)(a)(b), 19.
It is the policy of the Toronto Police Services Board that:
- The Chief of Police will ensure that the Service will provide the services of a public order unit by using Service members, and that it will consist of a unit supervisor and at least four squads of seven officers, including the squad leader for undertaking public order activities;
- The Chief of Police will ensure that public order services are deployed in a reasonable time;
- The Chief of Police will establish procedures that:
- set out the circumstances in which the public order unit services may be deployed;
- set out the steps for obtaining the services of a public order unit; and
- address the circumstances and processes for liaising with appropriate officials for the purposes of Sections 63 - 68 of the Criminal Code, regarding unlawful assemblies and riot situations;
- The Chief of Police will develop and maintain a manual on public order unit services that is available to each Service member providing these services;
- The Chief of Police will ensure that appropriate equipment, in accordance with the Ministry’s designated equipment and facilities list, is used/available to members of the public order unit;
- The Chief of Police will ensure that the members of the Public Order Unit have the appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities to provide the services of the Public Order Unit; and
- The Chief of Police will address the ongoing training of members of the public order unit.