Since last June, the Toronto Police Services Board has been looking for a new police chief. The search is the “most extensive” the board has ever conducted, according to a press release. After citizens raised serious concerns last summer, the board is considering a series of reforms.
The agreed-upon measures include pledges to improve relationships with marginalized communities, improve how police deal with mentally ill people, implement new use-of-force guidelines, and be open about how the next chief, who will be expected to implement many of the changes, is chosen.
The board has hired Environics Research to hold virtual public consultations on the following dates:
- Etobicoke — Tuesday, March 30 at 6-8 p.m.
- Downtown Toronto — Wednesday, March 31 at 6-8 p.m.
- Scarborough — Wednesday, April 7 at 6-8 p.m.
- North York — Tuesday, April 13 at 6-8. p.m.
The goal, according to the board, is to “ensure that a diverse range of voices are heard” during the selection process. Since Mark Saunders stepped down, the force has been without a permanent chief.
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