This Note is part of a series of Notes on key City issues to update City Council at the start of its 2018 – 2022 term.
The Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) Transformational Task Force’s (TTF) final report, Action Plan: The Way Forward, contains 32 recommendations. An additional recommendation to establish a Neighbourhood Officer Program was added to the Action Plan to advance the TTF’s goal of building safe communities and neighbourhoods.
As part of the implementation of the TTF report, the City and TPS have been working together to identify recommendations that will have or may have an impact on City or there is an opportunity for the City to support the TPS as it implements these recommendations. To date, nine recommendations have been identified that may impact the City.
The Executive Committee at its July 17, 2018 meeting, considered an update on these nine recommendations. The status of each of these recommendations can be found in the report, Toronto Police Service’s ‘Action Plan: The Way Forward’: Impacts and Opportunities to City divisions.
The City Manager’s Office is leading and coordinating corporate support for the TPS to assist with implementation of the TTF recommendations where appropriate. City staff will bring forward reports for City Council consideration on the impacts to the City of the TTF recommendations as required.
The majority of the 32 TTF recommendations are focused on the internal operations of the TPS and will have little or no direct impact on City divisions. There are nine TTF recommendations that that will have or may have an impact on City. These include:
Each of the nine recommendations is currently at various stages of implementation and as such, City staff are either:
On December 15, 2017, the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) formed the TTF with a mandate to determine how best to modernize the structure and service delivery of the TPS to enable more effective and efficient policing services.
The TTF was jointly chaired by the Chair of the TPSB and the Chief of Police and included 12 members of the TPS and additional external subject matter experts.
The TTF estimated that implementation of its recommendations would result in budget reductions, cost avoidance and efficiencies in the TPS Operating Budget of $100 million between 2017 and 2019.
|July 2018||Executive Committee received for information the report entitled Toronto Police Service’s ‘Action Plan: The Way Forward’ – Impacts and Opportunities to City Divisions that provided an overview of the nine TTF recommendations where the City is engaged and an update on the activities to date|
|November 2017||City Council adopted the report entitled Toronto Police Transformational Task Force Report and Impacts on City Divisions approving the transfer of the school crossing guard program and the beach lifeguard program from the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to the City.|
|May 2017||Executive Committee received from the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) the Task Force’s Action Plan as its 2017-2019 business plan and its request for Council to comment on the Plan. Executive Committee referred the report to the City Manager to report back on potential impacts of the Task Force recommendations on City divisions, and opportunities to improve the alignment of services.|