Toronto Police Service
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is the police service for the City of Toronto. The TPS has approximately 7,900 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 the City of 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
Read the Toronto Police Service’s 2019 Budget for detailed budget information on the TPS’ service activities.
Read the TPS Action Plan – The Way Forward to learn about the Transformational Task Force’s recommendations to modernize the Toronto Police Service.
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.
Read the Toronto Police Services Board’s 2019 Budget for detailed budget information on the TPS Board’s 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.
Key Council Decisions
- Executive Committee considered EX36.2 Toronto Police Service’s “Action Plan: The Way Forward – Impacts and Opportunities to City Divisions (July 2018)
- City Council adopted EX35.38: Composition of Working Group – Independent External Review with Respect to Toronto Police Service Missing Person Investigations (June 2018)
- City Council adopted EX28.5: Toronto Police Transformational Task Force Report and Impacts on City Divisions (November 2017)
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