Use-of-Force & Strip Searches

On June 15, 2022, the Service released the findings of race-based data collected in 2020, which looks at officers’ perceptions of an individual’s race in reportable use-of-force incidents and strip searches.

Familiarize yourself with the Glossary of Terms and Interactive Story Map before you get started and be sure to see the findings presented in open analytics on our Public Safety Data Portal.

The Toronto Police Service is building the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, transparency, and fairness into all aspects of our Service to help repair community trust and provide a safe, bias-free and inclusive workplace for our members.

A key part of this commitment is the Race-Based Data Collection Strategy. Watch this video to learn more.

Video Script - RBDC 2020 Findings Introduction Overview

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings Introduction Overview

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Engagement is an integral part of the Service’s Race Based Data Collection Strategy. We are committed to continued engagement with our members and communities as we expand the types of data we collect and analyze, and co-develop actions in response. Watch this video to learn more.

Video Script - 2020 RBDC Findings - Reflect & Engage

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings Reflect & Engage

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Policing is often thought of as a linear process, starting with a call for service and ending with an arrest or release, but it isn’t as straight forward as that. This video walks us through policing practices and the complexity of police interactions.

Video Sctipt - RBDC 2020 Findings - Policing Practices

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings Policing Practices

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Reported use-of-force is a key area mandated under the Anti-Racism Act. This video will take us through data considerations, use-of-force context in police interactions, and the key findings.

Video Script - RBDC 2020 Findings - Use-of-Force: Measurement & Outcomes

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings Use-of-Force: Measurement & Outcomes

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The Service expanded the scope of data collection to include strip searches in response to the Ontario Independent Police Review Director’s report “Breaking the Golden Rule.” This video will take us through data considerations, context of strip searches in arrests, and the key findings.

Video Script - RBDC 2020 Findings - Strip Searches: Measurements & Outcomes

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings Strip Searches: Measurement & Outcomes

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The Service has identified 38 actions to address the use-of-force and strip search outcomes. These action items serve as a starting point as we continue to collaborate with communities and our members to co-develop the action plan. This video will take us through those actions and next steps.

Video Script - RBDC Race-based Data Collection - Taking Action

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Video Deck - RBDC 2020 Findings - Taking Action

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Appendix A: Action Items - RBDC 2020 Findings

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Read the 'RBDC 2020 Findings' for comprehensive information on the RBDC Strategy, how we collected and analyzed data, the findings, and how we are working with our community partners to find solutions.

Read the Independent Expert Assessment Report, an independent peer review academic assessment by Dr. Lorne Foster and Dr. Les Jacobs on the Service’s RBDC process, methodologies, and analysis.

RBDC 2020 Findings

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Independent Expert Assessment Report - Race-Based Data Collection Strategy Phase I

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