The Toronto Police Services Board is acutely aware that the OIPRD G20 Systemic Review Report has raised considerable and significant issues with respect to the events surrounding the policing of the G20 Summit.
The Board wants to reassure the public that it is committed to ensuring that all recommendations made in that report respecting police accountability and responsibility will be thoroughly reviewed and addressed as expeditiously as possible.
In conjunction with the OIPRD report, the Board is currently expecting the release in late June of the report of the Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit by Justice John Morden. In addition to the important issues raised in the OIPRD report, the Morden report regarding the Board's own role will be thoroughly examined. Through both reports, systemic issues arising from the G20 Summit dealing with both the Chief of Police operational area and the Board's civilian governance role will be thoroughly canvassed. The Board is very serious about discharging its responsibilities in the public interest. To this end, it has already begun a review of the recommendations of Mr. McNeilly.
The Board is also very cognizant of the increasing public concern that officers who may have engaged in misconduct during the G20 Summit should be subject to appropriate discipline. Investigations and reviews of allegations of misconduct must be undertaken in accordance with the process and procedural safeguards set out in the Police Services Act (PSA). The investigation is in the hands of either the OIPRD or the Chief depending on the OIPRD's choice as to how to handle each matter. However, under the PSA, the Board does consider applications for service of notices of disciplinary hearings on police officers in situations where more than six months have elapsed from the dates specified in the PSA. These applications are now beginning to come before the Board and the Board is dealing with each of them on its merits. While consideration of the applications by the Board is undertaken in camera, those applications where service of the notice is approved will be moving forward to full hearings which will take place publicly.
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Contact: Sandy Adelson
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