"Recruiting efforts have been going on for some time. Are they as successful as we would like? Of course not. The chief has spoken about the need for more black detectives. The numbers in specialist squads is always going to be much lower than in the service as a whole, because you need people with much greater experience for specialized rolls. The number of visible minority members overall is small, but I think the trend it shows is a clear one. I don't believe anyone has objected to the principle that the service should more accurately reflect the community. The fact is, we've made enormous strides. Will we get credit for that? Probably not. But so what."
Mark Pugash, director of communications, Toronto police services
"I don't think we're even close to being there yet. This issue has been raised by umpteen reports, going back to 77. It isn't just about recruiting. It's also about promoting. I'm not satisfied at all. Unless we're prepared to recruit at all levels and choose radical change and really seriously look at how we can get people in senior officer positions, then we're not going to effect that change, because it doesn't happen at the front line. It's the numbers that count, and when I look at the numbers and see the faces, they don't add up."
Police services board vice-chair Pam McConnell
"Some doors have been opened up. But I don't think we should be setting quotas. Everybody should be on a level playing field. To say what we're going to do is send black officers to investigate black shootings.... Colour doesn't cut it. Some people just don't like police, doesn't matter what colour they are."
Toronto Police Association president Rick McIntosh
"If you hire more visible minority members, that's all you have to do. It will certainly make a difference in the way the visible communities feel about those who police them. But you must also change the police culture in general by effecting consequences or measures when police act outside the rules and display behaviours that are in any way demeaning or biased. And that just isn't happening."
Urban Alliance on Race Relations president Zanana Akande