Mandate and Responsibilities

The Toronto Police Services Board provides general management of the Toronto Police Service (TPS), sets policing policy and ensures the TPS provides adequate and effective police services that must include crime prevention, law enforcement, assistance to victims of crime, public order maintenance and emergency response. The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • appointing all members of the police service;
  • setting the objectives and priorities for the management of the police service (in consultation with the Chief of Police);
  • recruiting, appointing and determining the remuneration for the Chief, Deputy Chiefs and the Chief Administrative Officer;
  • directing the Chief of Police and monitoring his or her performance;
  • negotiating collective agreements with bargaining units; and
  • submitting the budget estimates for policing to Council.

The Police Services Act restricts the Board from directing the Chief of Police with respect to specific operational decisions or with respect to the day-to-day operation of the police service.

The Chief of Police’s duties include administration of the TPS and oversight of its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies established by the Board, ensuring that members of the police force carry out their duties in accordance with the Act and the regulations and in a manner that reflects the needs of the community, and that discipline is maintained in the police force; ensuring that the police force provides community-oriented police services; and administration of the complaints system in accordance with the Act.

Board Size and Composition

The Toronto Police Services Board consists of 7 members and is composed of:

  • the Mayor or a Council Member as the Mayor’s designate who is appointed by City Council;
  • 2 Council Members;
  • 1 citizen member appointed by City Council; and
  • 3 citizen members appointed by the Province of Ontario.

Chair and Vice-Chair

Under the Police Services Act, the Toronto Police Services Board elects the Chair of the Board from amongst its members. The Board also elects a Vice-Chair from amongst its members.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizens are eligible for appointment to the Toronto Police Services Board, and eligible to remain on the Board after being appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Under the Police Services Act, persons are ineligible for appointment as members of the Board if they are:

  • a judge;
  • a justice of the peace;
  • a police officer; or
  • a person who practices criminal law as a defence counsel.

Qualifications

Citizen members of the Toronto Police Services Board should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • an interest in and commitment to public safety and responsible police governance;
  • an understanding of the police community, its values and its needs;
  • superior skills in leadership and management;
  • administrative and budgetary experience;
  • dedication to public service and the community;
  • skills in conflict management, negotiation and mediation;
  • an ability to set organizational goals and priorities; and
  • an ability to meet time commitments of the position.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members of the Board are recruited through an advertised recruitment process.  The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Meetings

The Board meets monthly. Board members also attend community meetings, and ceremonial and other special events that are scheduled during the month. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

Remuneration

Citizen Chair: annual remuneration of $90,963.

Citizen Vice-Chair: annual honorarium of $13,750, plus a per diem payment of $350, up to a maximum total remuneration of $22,500 (representing up to 25 per diem payments for attendance at Board and Committee meetings, special events and required training days).

Citizen Members: annual honorarium of $8,750, plus a per diem payment of $350, up to a maximum total remuneration of $15,750 (representing up to 20 per diem payments for attendance at Board and Committee meetings, special events and required training days).

No remuneration is paid to Council Members on the Board.