The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) has revised and expanded the Terms of Reference for its systemic review of use of force, lethal use of force, deescalation techniques and approaches in dealing with people with mental health issues, emotionally disturbed people and people in distress.
“While the original review focused on the Toronto Police Service, in order to ensure my recommendations have relevance more broadly to policing across the province, I have revised and expanded the Terms of Reference to extend to police services throughout Ontario. The review will focus more intently on the extent to which recommendations made in the past have been implemented. It will also examine the relationship between Ontario Police College training and training by police services; the content and use of “use of force reports”; and the interplay between government, mental health agencies and police services in addressing the needs of persons in distress, while protecting the public.”
– Gerry McNeilly, Independent Police Review Director
Since announcing the systemic review in February 2014, the OIPRD has reviewed written submissions from interested parties solicited when the systemic review was announced. The OIPRD has also examined the evidence and the jury’s recommendations from the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon, along with a number of earlier Coroner’s Inquests, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci’s report, “Police Encounters with People in Crisis,” and other related reviews and reports. In addition, the OIPRD has also consulted with both police and community stakeholders to discuss the issues identified in the original Terms of Reference, with a goal of better focusing the systemic review and avoiding duplication of the important work that has already been done.
The Director is currently analyzing evidence collected from complaint investigations and high profile use of force incidents, and will continue to consult with a wide range of public interest organizations and police services to advance the expanded review.
During the course of the review, the Director may release interim reports. A final report summarizing the findings of the review and outlining recommendations and advice for the overall improvement of police practices will be released to the public.
The systemic review will examine the following: