July 24, 2014
Senior Counsel, The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, was requested by the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to provide the Service with an independent review providing insight and recommendations on how police can improve their approach to people in crisis, whether related to mental health, emotional or other issues. Today, the Report, titled Police Encounters With People In Crisis, was publicly released in conjunction with a press conference led by Mr. Iacobucci and Toronto Chief of Police William Blair.
Mr. Iacobucci’s Review team included partner David Outerbridge, who was Counsel to the Review, and associates Molly Reynolds, Ryan Lax and Rebecca Wise. Preparation for the Review included over 100 interviews or discussions with individuals with perspectives and input relevant to the Review’s mandate, in addition to the analysis of over 1,200 documents, stakeholder submissions and the assembly of and consultation with an Advisory Panel for the Review. The Review team also participated in ride alongs with the Service’s MCIT unit and attended at the TPS Communications Services, the Toronto and Ontario Police Colleges, and various mental health resource sites.
The Review’s 84 recommendations span a wide range of topics related to the delivery of police services to people in crisis, including police training, selection of police officers, supervision, police culture, use of force and equipment.
For more information visit tpsreview.ca.