Police Board to hold Virtual Meeting on Monday December 13, 2021
TORONTO: The next scheduled meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board will take place on MondayDecember 13, 2021 at 9AM.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect the health and well-being of all involved while adhering to provincial and Toronto Public Health orders and guidance, this Board Meeting will proceed as a virtual meeting. Members of the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting through our livestream at: https://youtu.be/g4SLT3I6fgw.
This virtual Board meeting will include consideration of a number of reports, including the following:
MISSING AND MISSED: IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE ON THE REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT CIVILIAN REVIEW
The Board will hear a presentation and consider a report from Chief Ramer providing an implementation update regarding the report of the Independent Civilian Review, Missing and Missed. The Review, led by The Honourable Gloria J. Epstein, was commissioned by the Board to evaluate how the Service has conducted, and is conducting, missing person investigations, particularly in relation to LGBTQ2S+ and vulnerable or marginalized communities. On April 13, 2021, the Review released its report, making 151 recommendations designed to improve the Service’s policies, procedures, training, education, professional development, culture, as well as its relationships with diverse communities, through collaborative efforts. Both the Board and the Service accepted all of the Review’s findings, and committed to implementing all of the recommendations.
This report provides the Board with a status update on the short-term implementation goals, the Missing and Missed Implementation Team, communications, and how an evaluation plan of the impacts of implementation will be both developed and reported. As the report notes, the Missing and Missed Implementation Team, led by Staff Superintendent Pauline Gray, will utilize a modernized community-centric approach to implementing all 151 recommendations. The current composition of the Missing and Missed Implementation Team includes 24 members, comprised of both community representatives and Service representatives.
It should be noted that the implementation plan for the 151 recommendations contained in the report is still under development. This plan will be developed by the Missing and Missed Implementation Team, which includes the community representatives. As the implementation team is developed and finalized, further public updates will be provided.
The report also discusses both external and internal communications, and notes that
the work-to-date of the Implementation Team was shared through a news release, social media posts, and an online article posted to TPSNews.ca. It adds that a webpage dedicated to the work of the Missing and Missed Implementation Team will be attached to the tps.on.ca website before the end of 2021.
As with all meetings, a recording of this meeting will be posted and archived to the Toronto Police Service YouTube account at https://www.youtube.com/TorontoPolice for members of the public to access later at their convenience.
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.