The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is the police service for Toronto. The TPS has approximately 7,600 full-time and part-time uniform and civilian members including front-line police officers, criminal investigators, community response officers, parking enforcement officers, communications operators, court officers, civilian specialists and support staff.

Working in partnership with communities, the TPS keeps Toronto safe through:

  • Community-based crime prevention initiatives
  • Enforcement for all applicable laws in Toronto including Provincial Offenses, the Highway Traffic Act and City bylaws
  • Maintaining public order to ensure safe and secure communities
  • Providing emergency response to major threats and public safety risks

Visit the City’s Budget for detailed information about the Toronto Police Service’s budget and service activities.

Toronto Police Services Board

The Toronto Police Services Board (the TPS Board) oversees the Toronto Police Service. The TPS Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in Toronto.

Among its key responsibilities, the TPS Board determines policing objectives and priorities in consultation with the Chief of Police, sets policies for the effective management of the police force and determines the budget for the police force. The TPS Board recruits and appoints the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police and has authority to direct the Chief except for specific operational decisions and day-to-day operations of the TPS.

Visit the City’s Budget for detailed information about the TPS Board’s budget and service activities.


The Police Services Act sets out the mandate of the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board, as well as the composition of the TPS Board.

The TPS Board comprises one public member appointed by City Council through the City’s Public Appointments process, two City Council members and the Mayor or a Council-member designate appointed by City Council. The Province of Ontario appoints three public members. The TPS Board elects its Chair and Vice-Chair from among its members.

Find out about opportunities to serve on the Toronto Police Services Board and its current membership.

Key Council Decisions

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