Placement of Attempted or Threatened Suicide Information on the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) System

APPROVED

September 15, 2016

Minute No: P216/16

REVIEWED (R) AND/OR AMENDED (A)

 

 

REPORTING REQUIREMENT

 

LEGISLATION

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

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56, s. 31(1)(f).

Mental Health Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.7

DERIVATION

 

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

  1. The Chief of Police will develop procedures to ensure that suicide information recorded in the Special Interest Police (SIP) category on CPIC is entered and disclosed only when it meets the criteria as detailed in this policy. 
  2. With respect to disclosure to U.S. CPIC users, the Chief of Police will develop procedures that ensure that disclosure is restricted to only those entries that meet one of the following four suicide-related SIP criteria: 
  1. The suicide attempt/threat involved the threat of serious violence or harm, or the actual use of serious violence or harm, directed at other individuals; or
  2. The suicide attempt/threat could reasonably be considered to be an intentional provocation of a lethal response by the police; or
  3. The individual involved had a history of serious violence or harm to others; or
  4. The suicide attempt occurred while the individual was in police custody. 

3.  With respect to disclosure to Canadian CPIC users, the Chief of Police will develop procedures that, in addition to the four criteria listed above, also include the following additional suicide-related SIP criterion; the individual who has attempted or threatened suicide has been apprehended under Section 17 of the Mental Health Act and a Form 1 has been issued.

4.  The Chief of Police will develop procedures regarding the renewal of SIP attempted suicide records. Such procedures will provide for the renewal of records to be considered every two years, based upon the criteria set out in paragraphs 2 and 3 above and upon the passage of time, the age of the person at the time of the incident and other relevant and material information. The procedures will ensure that if the subject has been arrested for an offence involving the use of serious violence or harm in the two years preceding when the record would otherwise expire, the SIP is to be extended for another two years.

5.  The Chief of Police will develop a clear and transparent process to seek the removal of any information on CPIC-related to a threat of suicide or attempted suicide. Such a process will take into account the criteria as set out in paragraphs 2 and 3 above, as well as the age of the incident, the age of the applicant at the time of the incident, all information available to the Toronto Police Service that relates to the applicant, details of the incident and any relevant information provided by the applicant or his/her representative.

 

 

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