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Name Badges


November 14, 2012

Minute No: P284/12








Annual, with respect to incidents of non-compliance


Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.15, as amended, s. 31(1)(c).


Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit, Recommendation No. 28

The Toronto Police Services Board considers the wearing of name badges for identification by all members of the Toronto Police Service (the Service), while in uniform, to be a matter of significant public interest.   The Board believes this practice to be important because members of the public should be able to readily identify Service members whose work involves interaction with the public. In addition, the identification of Service members is critical for the effective functioning of and access to the public complaints system. 

The Board views the intentional non-wearing of a name badge as an extremely serious offence and a fundamental breach of duty. 

It is, therefore, the policy of the Toronto Police Services Board that: 

  1. The Chief of Police will ensure that all Service members, while in uniform, will wear a name badge on their uniform when on duty and in a manner such that the badge is visible at all times; 
  1. The Chief of Police will develop procedures respecting the mandatory wearing of name badges by all Service members, while in uniform; and 
  1. The Chief of Police will provide an annual report to the Board concerning incidents of non-compliance with this policy and any actions taken to remedy such incidents.

complaints, accountability, interaction with public, professional conduct