At its meeting in June 2020, City Council adopted 36 decisions related to policing reform. These decisions included areas of public safety, crisis response, and police accountability. Read about the 36 recommendations here.
In August 2020, the Toronto Police Services released a report with over 80 recommendations for police service reforms, compiling feedback and directions from City Council, the Town Halls and the Police Service Boards’ Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP), and the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP) among others. At its meeting on August 18, 2020, the Toronto Police Services Board approved 81 decisions on policing reform, including the reforms requested by City Council. Many of you gave deputations at the Toronto Police Service Board virtual town hall meeting.
Since then, the City launched the first phase of consultations as directed by City Council. Regarding community engagement, to date, the City has:
- Completed two public surveys on an alternative community safety response model, with over 5,200 responses to the first community engagement survey with extensive and thoughtful input on a community-based crisis response model. Find the results of the first and second surveys here. With this data, the City will host a series of public consultations to guide future decisions in the design of these alternative models.
- Created a report to provide a summary of what the City heard through community engagement and outreach activities.
- Hosted 35 community roundtables, organized in partnership with 17 community organizations and 33 subject matter experts, including individuals working in policing reform advocacy, mental health and addictions services, homeless advocacy, Indigenous and Black serving organizations, and organizations serving LGBTQ2S+ and other equity deserving communities.
- Held three meetings with the Accountability Table in 2020, composed of 49 community organizations and advocacy groups to monitor and support the development and implementation of the community-led response model.
- Read more about the City's engagement work here.
At the February 2021 City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the implementation of four community crisis support service pilots that will test a new, non-police led approach to non-emergency, non-violent calls, including those involving persons in crisis and wellness checks.
Want to stay up-to-date on the City's progress? Follow along on the progress of the 36 recommendations passed by City Council in June 2020 on the public online dashboard.