Community Consultative Process
"To create meaningful partnerships through trust, understanding, shared knowledge and effective community mobilization to maintain safety and security in our communities."
The Toronto Police Service is a world leader in the policing community when it comes to consultation with its communities.
A true commitment to effective consultation and productive partnerships between the Toronto Police Service and the greater community lends itself to more successful outcomes in identifying, prioritizing and problem-solving of community issues and concerns and ultimately to improved community safety and quality of life.
The consultative process within the Toronto Police Service exists on many levels, both formally and informally and, in particular, on three formalized levels.
Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC)
Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC) are made up of community volunteers and police service representatives from the local division's geographic area. Each committee is inclusive to reflect the demographics of the local community.
Their mandate is:
To work together in identifying, prioritizing, and problem-solving of local policing issues by;
All of the seventeen police divisions throughout the City of Toronto, including Traffic Services, have a CPLC to provide advice and assistance to the local unit commander and to work in partnership with local police towards safe and secure communities.
Community Consultative Committees (CCC)
These committees are meant to serve specific communities on a city-wide basis. The membership is drawn from various organizations within each of these communities to reflect both inclusiveness and credibility within that community. These committees serve as voices on wider policing issues such as training, recruiting, Professional Standards and community mobilization.
Currently, the Service has created committees with the following communities:
Their mandate is:
To work together in partnership with identified community representatives in identifying, prioritizing, and problem-solving of policing issues by:
The Chief of Police has assigned a senior officer to each committee to ensure that there is an effective flow of information between the Executive branch of the Service and the respective Community Consultative Committees (CCC).
Chief's Community Advisory Council (CAC)
Chief's Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC)
The Chief's Community Advisory Council (CAC) and the Chief's Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC) exist to provide a voice for various community representatives, from business through to social agencies and spanning the various diverse communities as well as youth on a wide variety of issues.
The CAC and CYAC have direct access to the Chief of Police and, in return, the Chief of Police has a point of reference in the community to engage in constructive dialogue with appropriate, recognized community spokespersons.
Their mandate is:
To work together in partnership with identified communities in identifying, prioritizing and problem-solving of policing issues by:
Although these formalized levels of consultation exist within the Service, many frontline officers, along with those officers assigned to specialized units, are engaged in various forms of consultations with many community stakeholders, involving a myriad of community police issues.
The integrity and reputation of the Service are fundamental when liaison or consultation at any level occurs between Service members and the community. Constructive partnerships and positive outcomes that occur as a result of community-police interaction remain the cornerstone of a successful police service and ultimately lead to an enhanced quality of life within the community.
Click here for the application form for membership into the Chief's Community Advisory Council (CAC), the Chief’s Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC), the Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and the Community Consultative Committee (CCC).
For more information on any of the consultative committees, please contact Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit at 416-808-0100.