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Toronto policing was better with Peter Sloly: Cole | Toronto Star
By: Desmond Cole Published on Thu Feb 11 2016

"“We run around all over the city in the most unfocused way, reacting to what you call us for, as opposed to trying to understand what’s going on and . . . putting our most important resources in the best place,” he said."
Toronto_Police_Service  resignations  retirements  policing  unfocused  Desmond_Cole 
february 2016 by jerryking
Sloly was too smart and progressive for his own good: James | Toronto Star
By: Royson James Toronto Politics, Published on Thu Feb 11 2016

The Toronto Police Service is poorer with the departure of reform-minded Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, but it’s hard to imagine him staying.
policing  retirements  Toronto_Police_Service  Royson_James 
february 2016 by jerryking
The end of carding is just the beginning - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 09, 2015
carding  Toronto_Police_Service 
june 2015 by jerryking
How to ensure police obey the law, rather than become it - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 15 2015

this week in Toronto, when an Ontario Superior Court judge found that, in January, 2011, a policeman had, for no good reason, punched an innocent man in the head twice, and violated his constitutional rights. There was no video, just the contradictory testimonies of the civilian, a Sudanese refugee named Mutaz Elmardy, and of the officers involved in his brutal and illegal detainment....How many times in cases of alleged brutality that take place away from a video camera have we been lied to?

How many times have superior officers, courts and civilian oversight bodies been swayed by the claims of a police officer who insisted he or she was in mortal danger when they fired their weapon, and there was no living witness to contradict them?
policing  YouTube  police_abuse  police_brutality  police_reform  Toronto_Police_Service 
may 2015 by jerryking
Through the good and very bad, Bill Blair remained himself. We were lucky to have him - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Apr. 24 2015

The handling of security around 2010's G20 Summit, carding and the police budget are exhibits in the case against the chief and reasons why the police board didn’t renew his contract when it came up last summer.....In the end, there really is only one Bill Blair. Toronto was lucky to have him[???]. He helped make the city a safer place. He ran the police force with integrity and intelligence. He always faced criticism squarely and never shied away from scrutiny of his conduct. He is a decent man who did a hard job exceptionally well.
G20  mistakes  carding  Bill_Blair  Toronto_Police_Service  legacies  Marcus_Gee  Toronto 
april 2015 by jerryking
Mark Saunders to be named as Toronto’s chief of police: sources - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 19 2015,

The new chief will take over the force at a time of high public pressure on two points: cost and race relations.

After years of quickly escalating costs, the province’s Sunshine List showed this year that more than half of all Toronto officers made at least $100,000. The police board stressed in their job ad for the new chief that limiting spending would be key. Board members said they were looking for pitches of how to reorganize the force, and for someone willing to make unpopular changes.

A police practice that has long drawn anger from Toronto’s black communities has drawn a new wave of public debate in the past few months. Police have been criticized for “carding,” or questioning people who aren’t suspected of a crime, with many saying they’re more likely to stop non-white Torontonians.
appointments  CEOs  Toronto_Police_Service  carding  Mark_Saunders  racial_profiling  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  budgets  cutbacks 
april 2015 by jerryking
Blair’s ouster is a chance to pursue real change in policing - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 08 2014

“Canada’s police are pricing themselves out of business,” writes analyst Christian Leuprecht in a recent paper for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. “Police budgets have increased at a rate double that of GDP over the last decade, while calls from the public for service have remained stable.” Nearly 40 per cent of Toronto Police Service’s work force shows up on the “sunshine list” of public employees making over $100,000.

He notes that many of the duties performed by police do not require an armed, highly trained uniformed officer. One U.S. study he cites showed that only 5 per cent of calls required police to use some kind of force to ensure the safety of the public or the officer.

“Many of the duties that police perform,” Prof. Leuprecht writes, “can be performed as effectively and efficiently by non-sworn members, special constables, community safety officers, or private security companies.” In Britain, where the law now allows police to send community-support officers to escort prisoners and even investigate minor crimes, civilians outnumber sworn officers in some police forces.

Introducing such sharp change in Toronto would not be easy. Police commanders and union leaders naturally resist seeing their duties handed to other, less-trained workers. Although much police work these days may indeed by a kind of social work, those like Mr. McCormack argue that police often find themselves in dangerous situations and that shootings and stabbings are still unfortunately commonplace on the streets of the city.
Marcus_Gee  Bill_Blair  civilian_oversight  budgets  cost-cutting  Toronto_Police_Service  Toronto_Police_Services_Board 
august 2014 by jerryking
Mukherjee's take: Why he and Bill Blair couldn't see eye-to-eye on Toronto's police costs - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 01 2014

Police forces had completely overhauled their operations, homing in on the core duties required of a police service. Mr. Mukherjee remembers one service in particular where all non-police functions – accounting, human relations, IT, the help desk, etc. – had been farmed out to a private company. The head of that company worked in partnership with the service’s chief. A sort of mirrored chain of command between the business and the service was setup all the way down the through the ranks.

This was exactly the sort of thing Mr. Mukherjee been advocating for in Toronto. In 2011, while grappling with how to deal with a budget that had ballooned to nearly $1-billion, Mr. Mukherjee wrote a lengthy discussion paper entitled “Avoiding Crisis; An opportunity: Transforming the Toronto Police Service.” It called for contracting out administrative functions, scaling back the number of officers in management positions and rethinking some of the tasks currently being performed by police officers. Mr. Mukherjee was inspired by what he saw happening – and working – in Britain. Chief Bill Blair was horrified.
Bill_Blair  Toronto  civilian_oversight  Toronto_Police_Service  cost-cutting  Rob_Ford  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  Alok_Mukherjee 
august 2014 by jerryking
Board's refusal to say why it's forcing out Police Chief Blair is absurd - The Globe and Mail
, Jul. 31 2014

The Toronto Police Services Board issued a stunning rebuke of Chief Bill Blair on Wednesday, deciding against renewing his contract when it expires next year. Mr. Blair’s decade-long tenure as chief has not been without fault – exhibit A is police conduct at the G20 – but much of his legacy is a positive one. His emphasis on community-policing helped defuse tensions between police and minority groups. His swift call for a review of the fatal police shooting of Sammy Yatim, and subsequent commitment to implement recommendations stemming from it is also commendable.

So why did the board abruptly reject him? It won’t say. Board Chair Alok Mukherjee refused to explain.
Bill_Blair  Toronto  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  Toronto_Police_Service  editorials  Alok_Mukherjee 
august 2014 by jerryking
Blair’s problem is that it’s 2014, not 2004 - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 31 2014,

There is good reason that the heads of most major police forces are lucky to last a decade on the job, as Chief Blair has, let alone beyond it. Over the years, the mandate from civilians will inevitably change, as old challenges are addressed and new ones arise. And for a variety of reasons, the loss of public trust to inevitable controversies and the difficulty of maintaining support among police rank-and-file among them, a chief who comes in driving one agenda is not often willing or able to pivot to a different one....But partly because the city has on the whole become safer, the police board’s criteria for a suitable chief have changed. As governments at all levels tighten their belts, there is a growing push to rein in police costs that have mostly been given a free pass – climbing, in Toronto, to more than $1-billion annually.

As the board has pushed him to find savings, Chief Blair has aggressively resisted. Had he not done so, it is unlikely he would have been able to keep his force behind him for as long as he has. But that just adds to the impetus to bring in someone new.

So, too, does the perception that having in recent years been surrounded by a tight circle of confidantes, Chief Blair is too set in his ways to seriously consider structural changes that could improve efficiencies – merging or even eliminating certain units, for instance, or replacing officers with civilians for office tasks.

The desire for institutional reform helps explain why there is speculation that the board, which may have unusual latitude in choosing his successor given the city’s lack of a functional mayor, will bring in a fresh set of eyes from outside the force. Executive-leadership skills will probably count for more than previously, and having climbed up through the ranks for less.

To his civilian overseers, in other words, Chief Blair looks like yesterday’s man.
Bill_Blair  Toronto  mayoral  cost-cutting  fresh_eyes  institutional_change  civilian_oversight  police  police_force  policing  Toronto_Police_Service  Toronto_Police_Services_Board  structural_change 
july 2014 by jerryking
Is the real problem here crime or systemic racism?
May 31, 2005 | G & M |Margaret Wente.

What the study did was record the age, race and gender of everybody stopped by police in the course of a year. What it found was that blacks (who make up only 1 per cent of Kingston's population) are stopped nearly three times as often, per capita, as whites. Therefore, it concluded, the police are racially biased.

But if that's true, then the police are also ageist and sexist. Only 7 per cent of the people stopped by police were 55 or older, while 35 per cent were between 15 and 24. And roughly three times more men were stopped than women. Does this mean the police are also biased against young people and men? Most crimes are committed by young men, and a disproportionate number of crimes are committed by young black men. Only 9 % of Toronto's population is black, but more than half of Toronto's 20 "most wanted" are black.
Margaret_Wente  Toronto  African_Canadians  disproportionality  statistics  Kingston  systemic_discrimination  zero-tolerance  expulsions  high_schools  criminality  Toronto_Police_Service  carding  racial_profiling  racial_disparities  young_people 
september 2012 by jerryking
October 31, 2002 | National Post | Christie Blatchford

As the Star study also apparently revealed, black people represent almost 27% of all violence charges such as homicides, sex assaults and gun-related offences -- a percentage way out of whack in a city where, according to the most recent census figures, only 8.1% of Torontonians described themselves as black.

(Interestingly, the headline on this story, which read ''Black crime rates highest,'' was corrected the next day, lest anyone got the wrong impression: It was true, the correction said, that black Torontonians accounted for the highest amount of violent crime, but that did not mean they have the highest crime rate, ''which the Star's analysis of Toronto police data did not measure.'' Huh?)
Christie_Blatchford  statistics  Julian_Fantino  murders  Toronto  race  criminality  killings  political_correctness  silence  demographic_changes  African_Canadians  overrepresentation  Toronto_Police_Service  criminal_justice_system  violent_crime 
november 2011 by jerryking

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