Toronto Police Services Board

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The Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) is the civilian oversight agency that oversees the Toronto Police Service. It was called the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board from 1990 until 1998. Previously, it was called the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission (or Board of Police Commission) from 1955 until 1990, when the name of the board was changed as a result of amendments to the Police Services Act . [1] The board meets at least four times per year, as required by the Police Services Act. [2]

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Toronto Police Service The police agency servicing Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Police Service is the police agency servicing Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1834, it was the first municipal police service created in North America and is one of the oldest police services in the English-speaking world. It is the largest municipal police service in Canada and third largest police force in Canada after the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

<i>Police Services Act</i> (Ontario)

The Police Services Act is the law governing the conduct of police officers in the province of Ontario, Canada. In addition to regulating the conduct of police officers, the law also established the Special Investigations Unit, a civilian oversight agency which conducts independent investigations where police actions have resulted in the death or injury of a civilian.

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Board members

As set out by the Police Services Act, there are seven members on the board: three are appointed by the provincial government, one is the Mayor of Toronto (or a designate), two are members of Toronto City Council, and one is a citizen selected by Toronto City Council. The Police Services Act also stipulates that a judge, justice of the peace, police officer, or a person who practices criminal law as a defence counsel may not be a member of a police board.

Government of Ontario

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Mayor of Toronto

The Mayor of Toronto is the leader of the municipal government of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The mayor is directly-elected in municipal elections every four years alongside Toronto City Council. The mayor is responsible for the administration of government services, the composition of councils and committees overseeing Toronto government departments and serves as the chairperson for meeting of Toronto City Council.

Toronto City Council legislative body of Toronto

The Toronto City Council is the governing body of the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Members represent wards throughout the city, and are known as councillors. The passage of provincial legislation in the summer of 2018 established that the number of wards be reduced from 44 to 25 and that they be based upon the city's federal electoral districts as of the year 2000. While the federal districts have been redistributed since then, the ward boundaries remain the same. The city council had at its peak 45 members: 44 ward councillors plus the mayor. On September 19, 2018 an Ontario Court of appeals granted a stay order of a previous court decision that would have prevented this reduction, thus re-establishing the move to 25 wards. The actual court appeal of Bill 5 has yet to be scheduled, but was heard subsequent to the municipal election on October 22, 2018.

As of January 2019, the board members are: [3]

NamePositionAppointed by
Andrew Pringle ChairToronto City Council [4]
John Tory Mayor ex officio [3]
Uppala ChandrasekeraMemberProvince [5]
Marie MolinerMemberProvince [6]
Michael Ford CouncillorToronto City Council [3]
Frances Nunziata CouncillorToronto City Council [3]
Ken JeffersMemberProvince [7]

Chairs

Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission

Charles O. Bick (1909–1994) was the first chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Police Commissioners, the civilian body which oversaw the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. He coined the service's slogan "To Serve and Protect".

Clare Westcott was a long-time political aide to Ontario Premier Bill Davis and subsequently served as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission.

June Rowlands Canadian mayor

June Rowlands was a Canadian politician who was the 60th mayor of Toronto, Ontario, and the first woman to hold that office. She had previously been a longtime city councillor, an unsuccessful federal candidate, and a chair of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission.

Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board

Susan Eng, LL.B. is a Toronto lawyer and former chair of the Metro Toronto Police Services Board from 1991 to 1995.

Maureen Prinsloo Canadian politician

Maureen Prinsloo was a municipal politician in Scarborough, Ontario who served as Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 1995-98.

Toronto Police Services Board

Norman "Norm" Gardner is a politician and administrator in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a former North York and Toronto City Councillor, serving most recently as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board (1998–2003). He is currently chair of the board of the Mackenzie Institute.

Alan Heisey Canadian lawyer

Alan Milliken Heisey II, is a Canadian lawyer who serves as vice-chair of the Toronto Transit Commission board. He was chair of the Toronto Police Services Board in 2004 when it voted not to renew the contract of Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino.

Pam McConnell 20th and 21st-century Canadian politician

Pamela Margaret McConnell was a municipal politician in Ontario, Canada. She served on Metro Toronto Council from 1994 to 1998, and on Toronto City Council from 1998 until her death in 2017. McConnell received an award from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1997 for her work with inner city youth, and received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. In 2018, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the creation of the Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award for women between the ages of 19 and 26. The Pam McConnell Aquatic Center in Toronto is named after her.

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References

  1. "Toronto Police Services Board — October 1997 Minutes". October 27, 1997. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  2. "Agency Details - Community Safety and Correctional Services - Police Services Board - Toronto". Government of Ontario. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Board Members". www.tpsb.ca. Toronto Police Services Board. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  4. Powell, Betsy (June 23, 2015). "Andy Pringle picked for reappointment on Toronto police board". Toronto Star .
  5. "Toronto police board swears in its first-ever mental health expert". CBC News. October 30, 2017.
  6. "Committee Documents: Standing Committee on Government Agencies - 2012-Mar-27 - Intended appointments". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. March 27, 2012. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017.
  7. Mojtehedzadeh, Sara (September 25, 2015). "Ken Jeffers newest member of Toronto Police Services Board". Toronto Star .