Project PACER

· Recommendation List Update July 8, 2014
· PACER Report
· Consultation List

TPSB PACER Links

· Community Contacts Policy
· Legal Opinion Provided by Frank Addario
· Street Checks Minutes and Deputations

Related Media

TPS, OACP
TPSnews - July 25, 2014
Fair Policing Not Black and White

TPSnews - March 14, 2014
Policing Through Human Rights Lens

TPSnews - February 19, 2014
Body-Worn Cameras to be Piloted

TPSnews - January 31, 2014
TPS committed to combating bias in policing

TPS - October 29, 2013
PACER put before public

OACP H.Q. - Winter 2013/2014
TPS's Police and Community Engagement Review

Policing Literacy Initiative
Provincial Government Announces Additional $10Million to Fund Toronto Police TAVIS Program video on YouTube

Related Links from outside governing bodies (OHRC, CCLA)

· OHRC: Letter to the Toronto Police Services Board regarding the practice of carding
· CCLA: Submissions to the Toronto Police Services Board Meeting Nov 18, 2013 Re: PACER and TPSB reports


Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER)

 

In March of 2012, Police Chief William Blair directed the Chief’s Internal Organizational Review (CIOR) to examine all aspects of community engagement. This review was the beginning of the PACER report.

Written after extensive community consultation, the PACER report focuses on how the Toronto Police Service can enhance public trust and safety, while delivering bias free service.

In total, the report identifies 31 recommendations which, with implementation, will provide officers with better supports and protections in doing their, while providing the community with service that will be fair and bias free. Particularly, the recommendations address:

  • public accountability
  • governance
  • community consultation
  • professional standards
  • human resources
  • performance management
  • information management
  • operational improvements
  • intelligence-led policing
  • corporate communications
  • project management

The full set of recommendations will be implemented by December of 2016.



PACER Vision

The Toronto Police Service will be a world leader in bias-free police service delivery and Toronto will be one of the safest urban centres in the world.



PACER Mission

To review and continually improve all Toronto Police Service procedures and practices relating to in-person interactions between police officers and members of the community.



PACER goals

  1. To establish the purpose, legality, and governance framework for community engagements and information obtained therein.
  2. To assess and address issues of racial profiling and bias in community engagements (at both the individual and systemic levels) to enable the delivery of bias-free police services.
  3. To collaborate with the community in a process of continuous improvement for the effectiveness and equity of community engagements.
  4. To improve officer training and performance related to community engagements.
  5. To improve the public safety value of community engagements while reducing the social costs associated with the process.



Quotes from PACER Advisory Committee (PAC) members

Audrey Campbell, PAC Co-Chair: “One of the things I want people to realize, including the police, is that the organizations that are at the table are there because we believe. We believe that TPS is sincere about this initiative. If we did not believe that, we would not be at the table. Because, at the end of the day, we have to go back to our community, we have to give reports and we have to justify whether we want to support the decisions taking place.” – “Chief Blair: Racial profiling not tolerated in Toronto police force”, Toronto Star, July 28, 2014

Const. Marc Madramootoo, PAC member: “PACER provides direction on fixing a damaged and fragile relationship that exist between the police and community. A joint partnership on the issues presented is required to ensure that the action taken has a positive outcome for all the stakeholders involved. PACER is real, PACER is hope and PACER needs to happen”.

Deputy Chief Peter Sloly: “That’s what the whole Police and Community Engagement Review is about – acknowledging it, recognizing it, and putting in place systemic level programs and individual supports to help our people be the best they can be…I’m not sure that we can eliminate racism or bias out of a public institution any more than we can eliminate it out of society, but we’re going to do our best to get as close to that goal as we possibly can.” – “What Canadian police are doing so Ferguson doesn’t happen here”, Global News, August 21, 2014

Chief Bill Blair: “The Toronto Police Service is committed to working in partnership with all communities to address these disparities but, until that is achieved, our community contacts will reflect the disproportion that exists and the conditions that give rise to it. We will continue our unrelenting efforts to ensure we deliver bias-free policing services in a fair and impartial way, as well as our commitment to our core values of respect for the people we serve. Project PACER is our comprehensive review and redesign of our practices, designed to ensure fair and bias-free policing.” – “Chief Blair: Racial profiling not tolerated in Toronto police force”, Toronto Star, July 28, 2014