TPSB Releases report on Toronto’s Next Chief of Police Public Consultation
Environics Research supports TPSB in comprehensive public consultations
BY JODI SHANOFF, VICE PRESIDENT, CONSULTATION & ENGAGEMENT
In early 2021, Environics Research undertook extensive public consultation activities on behalf of the Toronto Police Services Board to solicit feedback from Toronto residents and stakeholders about the qualities and characteristics sought in the City’s next Chief of Police. As part of its stated commitment to a comprehensive and transparent process, the Board released the report of findings from the consultations on August 23, 2021. The report calls for a new Chief of Police who prioritizes change management and diversity and inclusion.
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Environics Research engaged with over 800 stakeholders during the process, through written submissions, an open-link survey and a series of real-time virtual discussions that included public forums, focus groups and roundtables. The Environics team collaborated with TPSB and City of Toronto staff to reach out as widely as possible to engage with diverse voices across the city. As a result, residents from Etobicoke, Scarborough, York and downtown shared their views, as did Toronto Police Service members, youth elected officials, members of the local business community, and representatives from community organizations that provide services and support to Toronto’s marginalized and vulnerable residents.
Participants enumerated a variety of qualities, characteristics, leadership traits and demonstrated experience the successful candidate should bring to the role of Chief. Our full report synthesizes this feedback into six key attributes sought in a new Police Chief who is…
- A courageous change maker
- A transparent communicator
- A skilled collaborator
- An accountable leader
- Committed to Toronto’s communities
- Focused on anti-discrimination and inclusion
In addition to laying out these qualities and characteristics, participants emphasized the importance of transparency. In other words, transparency in public consultation is a welcome step, but not the end of the road; stakeholders called on the Board to find additional opportunities to share information about the process to appoint a new Police Chief.
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