Toronto Police Service announce modernization plan with community at its core

Jan 27 2017, 2:47 am

The Toronto Police Service is looking to modernize its policing model.

On January 26, the Transformational Task Force, co-chaired by Andy Pringle, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, and Chief of the Toronto Police Service Mark Saunders released its report outlining a model that places communities at its core.

The “Action Plan: The Way Forward” follows a model that is “innovative, sustainable, and affordable.”

“Our Action Plan is first and foremost about a smarter approach to policing,” said Mark Saunders, Chief of Toronto Police Service, in a press release. “Over the coming months and years, the Service will focus on significant changes on where the public needs us the most, embracing partnerships to create safe communities and better meeting the needs of our complex city.”

According to the Toronto Police Service, the model will place communities at its core, be intelligence-led, optimize the use of resources and technology, and embrace partnerships as a means of enhancing capacity and capability.

A website has been set up for the project, and includes the 58-page action plan.

The modernizing plan will be accomplished by transforming how the Police Service relates to the public, how they deliver their service, access to their service, affordability and sustainability, and culture change.

The Action Plan is summarized through the following points:

1. Neighbourhood-centric policing and how that approach will result in improved community safety
2. Working with partners, communities and members to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be
3. A smarter approach to policing
4. Maximizing the use of technology to be more efficient and effective in policing
5. Being transparent and accountable about how we modernize

The Transformational Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of policing in the city, which resulted in their conclusions and report.

“This final report is the culmination of tremendous work done by volunteers and members of the Service,” said Andy Pringle, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board in the release.

“With this Action Plan, I look forward to seeing the Service embark on modernizing community safety for the City of Toronto. And as Chair of The Toronto Police Services Board, the Board will hold the Service accountable to deliver real change.”

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