TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Over the past few years in efforts to resolve
human rights complaints, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) approached
the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) and the Toronto Police Service (TPS)
to include specific public interest remedies.
A committee including representation of all three parties (OHRC, TPSB and
the TPS) met during the spring and summer of 2006 to review change initiatives
already underway at the TPS, and to discuss avenues to resolve complaints.
A joint working group of the three parties was then struck and a Project
Charter agreement was developed to support both the TPS' change initiatives
and to satisfy the OHRC's need to have public interest concerns addressed. The
Project Charter outlines how the three parties will work together to address
discrimination in employment and in the delivery of policing services to the
public. The Project will end when parties are satisfied that support is no
longer needed for the TPSB and TPS to fulfill its initiatives.
The TPSB and TPS are responsible for their own change process and for
informing the OHRC of ongoing change initiatives. The OHRC's role is to
provide advice to the TPSB and TPS on their change initiatives, negotiate
target change objectives, and with the other parties, to monitor and report on
At the start, the Project specifically targets the following four key
Recruitment, selection and promotion:
- support ongoing efforts to recruit and hire qualified individuals
reflective of the diversity in the City of Toronto with a respect for
human rights and regard for the language skills, cultural
competencies and community ties necessary to provide policing
- promote qualified individuals within the TPS with the goal of
developing a TPS workforce that is reflective and representative, at
all levels, of the diversity in the City of Toronto.
- if necessary, develop and implement further recruitment, hiring and
promotional initiatives to meet such goals.
- provide diversity training and engage in on-going professional
development by providing all staff with the skills and knowledge
necessary to provide policing services that are anti-racist, non-
discriminatory, professional, respectful, tolerant, inclusive and
- provide training on what constitutes racially-biased policing, racial
profiling, racial discrimination and harassment, disability
discrimination and harassment, or any other violation of the Ontario
Human Rights Code.
- review and evaluate all current training programs, materials and
curriculum, provided to both new recruits and current staff address
issues of equity and diversity as well as racially-biased policing,
racial profiling, racial discrimination and harassment, disability
discrimination and harassment.
- ensure that the public is aware of their rights and responsibilities
when interacting with the TPS by ensuring that information is posted
on the Web site, and by developing and distributing a plain-language
brochure containing such information.
- develop and implement specific, individual, measurable and achievable
performance indicators to support change initiatives by all levels of
management of the TPS.
The desired change/outcome will be monitored via regular public reports
to the TPSB by the Chief of Police. And, the OHRC will assess the
effectiveness of the monitoring and make appropriate recommendations.
For further information:
For further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications, Policy
and Education Branch, (416) 314-4539; Afroze Edwards, Sr. Communications
Officer, Policy and Education Branch, (416) 314-4528