Media Advisory, Thursday, September 17, 2015, 1 p.m., Toronto Police Service Headquarters, Auditorium, Chief Saunders to Provide Update to Toronto Police Services Board on Justice Iacobucci/Coroner's Inquest Recommendations
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:45 PM
Corporate Communications: 416-808-7100
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 1 p.m., in the Auditorium of Headquarters, Chief Mark Saunders will table the following items of interest at the monthly meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board.
1) Update on the Body Worn Camera Pilot Project
In response to a request from the Board to provide regular updates on the status of the pilot project, Chief Saunders will present an overview of the implementation, including feedback from the community and officers. The Chief will also address the Board's request to consider expanding the use of body worn cameras during non-arrest, non-detention interactions.
In May 2015, the Service launched the Body Worn Camera Pilot Project in four units/divisions across the city. About 100 officers were trained and equipped with different pieces of body worn camera technology.
See previous story.
Chief Saunders will continue to provide the Board with updates on the pilot until its final assessment in 2016.
To join the conversation, follow #TOCopCams on Twitter, or complete the community survey.
2) Update on the Implementation of the Recommendations made in Justice Iacobucci's Report and in the Coroner's Inquest Report concerning the deaths of Jardine-Douglas, Klibingaitis, and Eligon.
At the request of the Board, Chief Saunders will be providing a comprehensive update on the implementation of recommendations specific to the Service's mental health strategy.
In 2013, former Chief Bill Blair commissioned retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to review the Service's use-of-force, specifically as it related to interactions with people in crisis.
His final report and recommendations were presented to the Service in July 2014. Since then, 79 of the 84 recommendations have been implemented.
In 2014, a Coroner's Inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis, and Michael Eligon made 74 recommendations, 46 dedicated to addressing how the Service deals with people in crisis.
Since then, 45 of the 46 recommendations, as well as nine that were not assigned to the Service, have been implemented.
A thorough update on each recommendation and video messages from Deputy Chief Mike Federico can be found here.
Chief Saunders will be available to the media after the Board meeting.
For more information about these and other items before the Board, please contact Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, at 416-808-7095.
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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders
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