This has been
a busy year for the Toronto Police Services Board. Membership on
the Board changed, and it undertook a number of policy reviews,
successfully negotiated a new three-year collective agreement and
selected a new Chief of Police.
Police Services Board Chair
Judy Sgro and Sherene Shaw left the Board and were replaced by
Mayor Mel Lastman and Councillor Olivia Chow. On behalf of the
Board, I would like to thank Councillors Sgro and Shaw for their
work on the Board.
Mr. Jeff Lyons, undertook a review of the TPS strip search policy.
After extensive research and community consultation, the Board
amended its policy on "search of persons" to more clearly define
the fundamental rights of the community while ensuring the safety
of Service members.
I am pleased
that a new three-year collective agreement has been negotiated
with the Toronto Police Association. This contract provides a
stable long-term work relationship between the Board and Service
J. Boothby announced his retirement in 1999, effective March 2000.
He served 36 years as
a TPS officer, the last five as the Chief. He is commended for
his high integrity and personal commitment to the public and members
of this Service. One measure of his character is reflected in
the newly dedicated Police Chapel at Headquarters. It was made
possible through a personal donation from Chief Boothby. On behalf
of the Board, I thank Chief Boothby for his years of service and
wish him, and his family, health and happiness in his retirement.
As a result
of this retirement, the Board undertook a national search for
a new Chief of Police. The Board sought public and Service input
in this selection and in December, the Board announced the selection
of Chief Julian Fantino as the next Police Chief. We are confident
that Julian Fantino will lead this Service into the new millennium.
of the Toronto Police Services Board, I would like to thank the
members of the Board, members of the Service and members of the
community for their dedication and hard work. We are all committed
to working together so that Toronto remains a safe city and the
Toronto Police Service maintains its excellent standards and reputation.
Vice-Chair City Councillor