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