Positions available for panel that advises on race and identity-based data: Toronto police

Toronto Police Headquarters. (Photo courtesy: Google Maps)

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is asking the public to apply to its Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for Race and Identity-Based Data Collection, according to a press release on Thursday. 

Toronto police began collecting race and identity-based data in January 2020, in response to the province’s Anti-Racism Act and the Toronto Police Service’s Board’s Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting Policy.

The panel comes after the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) shared a report in Aug. 2020 which shed light on many people’s concerns about disparity in the policing system. 

According to the report, Black people are more likely to be arrested by the Toronto police, more likely to be charged and over-charged by police, and more likely to be struck, shot or killed by police. 

The OHRC also shared that very few Special Investigations Unit inquiries into officer complaints result in criminal charges against police officers.

TPS Chief Myron Demkiw recently said that his priorities for the service include working with communities to “co-design and co-deliver initiatives, and the CAP is reflective of this approach.”

Applications for those interested in the open positions are accessible until Feb. 1 at 5:00 p.m.

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