Friday, May 23, 2014

Toronto Police Services Board Community Contacts Policy: Community Satisfaction Survey – Request for Proposals

On April 24, 2014, the Toronto Police Services Board approved an innovative and wide-ranging policy on Community Contacts (also referred to as “street checks” or “carding”).  This policy provides a rights-based approach to police-community conversations with significant Board oversight and accountability mechanisms.  The policy, developed after extensive public consultation, can be viewed on the Board’s website,

A unique feature of the policy is the provision of a regular survey of community satisfaction to measure and determine the impact of the practices flowing from it on public trust and satisfaction with policing.  The Board will invite community-based organizations working with researchers who have expertise in Participatory Action Research (PAR) to carry out these surveys. The first such project will be a proposed survey in 31 Division.  The Board has allocated $75,000 from its Special Fund to fund this survey.

The Board invites proposals from community-based organizations to develop and carry out a survey to determine public satisfaction with police-community contacts in 31 Division during June-August 2014.    A link to the proposal document can be found by clicking here.

A public information session will be held on Tuesday May 27, 2014 from 4-5 PM, during which time Board members will be available to explain the initiative and answer questions.  The session will be held in the Auditorium, second floor, Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Special Board Meeting to Consider Policy on Community Contacts to be held on April 24, 2014

The Toronto Police Services Board has been reviewing the issue of “street checks” conducted by the police (also referred to as “carding” or community contacts) and has heard concerns raised by the community about racial profiling related to this practice.

On April 8, 2014, the Board held a special meeting to solicit input from the public on a draft policy on community contacts that had been developed by its counsel, Mr. Frank Addario.

The Board will hold an additional special meeting on Thursday April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM, in the Auditorium at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street to consider a report from the Chair recommending approval of a final draft policy on community contacts. This report also includes information regarding the policy’s implementation and related expenditures.

The final draft policy, as well as the Board report, has now been posted on the Board’s website at

Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may contact Ms. Deirdre Williams at 416-808-8094 or, by email at, no later than April 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


At its meeting of November 18, 2013, the Board considered the issue of “street checks” conducted by the police (also referred to as “carding” or the provision of contact cards) and heard concerns raised by the community about this process. In particular, the Board agreed that the potential for racial profiling associated with this practice is a significant issue that demands urgent attention. As a result, the Board determined that it would develop a policy on street checks and carding.

The Board has retained Mr. Frank Addario, a prominent lawyer with significant expertise in criminal and constitutional law, to assist in providing legal advice in the development of its policy and in charting a framework for moving forward.

At the commencement of the Board’s public meeting of March 13, 2014, Mr. Addario made a detailed presentation on a draft policy to govern street checks, carding and community contacts. A copy of the draft policy and the legal opinion provided by Mr. Addario are available on the Board's  website.   

The Board will be holding a special public meeting on the evening of Tuesday April 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM, in the Auditorium at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, to solicit public input on the draft policy. Members of the public who wish to make a deputation should contact Ms. Deirdre Williams at 416-808-8094 or, by email at, no later than April 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM for further information.  In addition, members of the public who wish to provide a written submission (either in addition to or instead of a deputation) may do so by contacting Ms. Williams.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy - Toronto Community Engagement Session

Dear Stakeholders:

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is working with its inter-ministerial and policing partners to develop a provincial crime prevention strategy.  The first phase of this process included the development of the Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Framework for Action booklet, which is intended to raise awareness and to promote the benefits of crime prevention to Ontario communities and set the stage for further crime prevention work.

MCSCS has moved to Phase II of the initiative which entails community engagement with a number of interested communities across Ontario.  As one of its policing partners, the Toronto Police Services Board, on behalf of MCSCS, will be hosting a community engagement session and would like to invite you to attend.  The consultation session will be held as follows:

Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
40 College Street, Toronto Ontario
2nd Floor Auditorium

 MCSCS will present an educational component on crime prevention to stakeholders in attendance and will provide an overview of current government initiatives.  As well, stakeholders will be asked to provide input regarding the following three questions:

1.      What types of crime prevention/community safety strategies and programs does your community currently have in place? 

2.      Is there anything that could help your community enhance your crime prevention/community safety strategies and programs? 

3.      Are there any barriers in your community that are preventing you from addressing concerns or gaps (systemic, disorder, quality of life, crime, etc.)?

The objective of the consultation is to develop key deliverables which provide analysis of the crime issues, risk factors, challenges, resources/partnerships in Ontario’s communities, as well as an overview of promising crime prevention practices currently being used in Ontario. 

I very much hope that you will join us in this discussion and look forward to your assistance.  Please confirm your attendance with Karlene Bennett, via email at, or by telephone at 416 808-7265, if you would like to participate. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this process.


Alok Mukherjee
Chair, Toronto Police Services Board

Friday, May 20, 2011


For me and the Board, one of the highlights of the year for policing in Toronto is the Police Officer of the Year Awards.

This award "honours officers of the Toronto Police Service who have demonstrated exceptional skills, bravery, compassion and a deep commitment to making Toronto one of the safest cities in the world."

I believe that the vast majority of our police officers are dedicated professionals who demonstrate these qualities daily. And then there are those who go above and beyond their daily routine. The award by the Board of Trade, which began in 1967, signifies the community's appreciation of the exceptional acts of those who are chosen for these awards.

This year, the Awards are being held on Thursday June 2 at the Toronto Board of Trade, Downtown Centre. You can learn more about the evening and buy tickets here. The awards are being hosted by CBC's Dwight Drummond.
This year, for the second time, the Toronto Police Service Business Excellence Award will be presented as well. This award recognizes the invaluable contribution that enables the Toronto Police Service to work efficiently and effectively.

This week, Chief Bill Blair recorded a message on the Police Officer of the Year Awards. You can see it here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Dear Premier McGuinty,

I have read with great interest your public comments relating to the tentative agreement reached between the Toronto Police Association (TPA) and the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB).

With great respect, I must say that decisions made at the provincial level are largely responsible for this deal. The province makes the rules under which municipal police services boards bargain collective agreements. The province has repeatedly taken steps to set a pattern of steadily increasing costs in policing. It is in this context that we are left to negotiate a reasonable collective agreement.

No police service in the province bargains in isolation. The fact is that the terms and conditions of employment for police officers are set through pattern bargaining (mostly) or pattern arbitration (occasionally) amongst the largest police services. For example, arbitrators considering what to award police services in Durham, Sudbury, Hamilton and Ottawa look to settlements or arbitration awards in places like Toronto, the OPP or Peel.

Our province has a long history of driving up the costs of policing through deals given to the OPP.

For example, in a recent OPP contract, the pension plan was made much more generous than the pension plan that applies to all other police officers. It pays a pension based on the best three years rather than the best five. I understand that all of the past service costs for this change were paid for by the taxpayers. These changes will likely cost millions of public dollars. Other police associations are trying to bargain for the same treatment. The TPSB has said “no” to this twice so far – in 2008 and 2011.

For 2009 and 2010, the government has claimed that it achieved a lower increase for the OPP. In fact, the government temporarily increased OPP members’ retention pay by one percent for each of the two years in order to give the OPP a higher increase.

In 2010, the government gave the OPP, without arbitration, a 5.07% increase for 2011 (almost 2% higher than anyone else for this year). In addition, the government gave the OPP a guarantee of an across-the-board wage increase on March 1, 2014 (retroactive to January 1, 2014), which would make the OPP members the highest paid police officers in the province in 2014, regardless of cost. As a result, they will receive, at minimum, a 14.06% salary increase over four years (2011 to 2014). This has set the province wide police bargaining pattern.

Toronto's proposed agreement represents a cumulative increase of 11.5% over the four year period from 2011 to 2014 (two and one-half percent less than the OPP deal over the same period) – with no guarantee as to being the highest paid and no changes to the pension.

Turning to arbitration, the province has the ability to change the rules for arbitration. It has long been established that arbitrators replicate negotiated agreements. A municipality’s ability to pay as well as local and provincial economic conditions, which are among the criteria for arbitration set out in the Police Services Act, receive little, if any, consideration. The province has done nothing to change this. Repeated requests from municipalities, associations and police services across the province to fix this system have gone ignored.

Finally, it was the province which made retention pay a province-wide feature of police agreements by giving it to the OPP. Unlike in Toronto, OPP had absolutely no retention issue or requirement for retention pay. Other police services had settled their contracts after Toronto without giving it, but once the province made it a province wide feature, all of the other police services subsequently followed.

Of course, I welcome a debate about a proposed collective agreement where all of the proposed changes are public and can be discussed. I believe that our tentative agreement is a proper reflection of the current collective bargaining (and arbitration) environment.

Premier, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and share our ideas on how to make police bargaining more realistic and consistent with our economic reality. In the meantime, we will move forward with our tentative agreement, which is far more cost-effective and realistic than that of the OPP, and which was reached through the hard work of both our Board and the Toronto Police Association.

Yours truly,

Alok Mukherjee, Chair
Toronto Police Services Board

Cc: Mayor Rob Ford and Members of Toronto City Council
Members, Toronto Police Services Board

OPP Contract Facts:
• The recent OPP agreements are the product of negotiation and not arbitration.
• The 2011 agreement included a "highest paid" provision that regardless of cost, OPP will be the highest paid in Ontario on January 1, 2014. In 2010, an OPP first class constable’s end rate was $79,451.
• The new OPP contract gives a first class constable a 5.07% increase in 2011, which will bring their end rate to $83,483.
• Total OPP increase for 2011 to 2014 is a minimum of 14.06% with an ongoing guarantee to be the highest paid in the province in 2014.

Monday, May 2, 2011


We are pleased that yesterday we reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Police Association. 

You can read our joint statement here.