At its meeting in June 2020, City Council adopted 36 decisions related to policing reform. These decisions included areas of public safety, crisis response and police accountability. At its meeting on August 18, 2020, the Toronto Police Services Board approved 81 decisions on policing reform, including the reforms requested by City Council.

Recommendation #36 states:

Direct the Chief of Police to post on the Service’s public website, as soon as feasible and on an on-going basis, up-to-date copies of those procedures of public interest that govern the interaction of police with the public, in a form that will not endanger the efficacy of investigative techniques and operations.

As a public service organization, it is imperative for the Toronto Police Service to effectively communicate with the community we serve, especially in relation to providing information that could be useful to victims of crime and others wishing to engage our services.

Toronto Police Service procedures are developed and maintained by the Chief of Police, and contain direction from the Chief to all Service members. Many procedures detail the actions required by police officers to carry out their duties to ensure the highest level of service to the community. Other procedures provide direction to members in order to ensure effective management of the Service. Service procedures are living documents which are constantly under review to reflect such things as changes to legislation, Toronto Police Services Board's policies, Coroner's Jury recommendations, technology, and operational processes.


These documents are not written to provide legal advice. Anyone having specific legal questions should refer to the appropriate legislation and/or seek legal counsel.

Although every attempt has been made to ensure Service procedures remain up to date and accurate, the Toronto Police Service makes no warranties or representations, express or implied, concerning the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information contained on this website. The Toronto Police Service shall assume no liability for any decisions made or actions taken or not taken by the user and in reliance of any information contained on this website.

The information on this website has been provided as a public service and use of the information for a commercial purpose is strictly prohibited. Where select portions of the procedures are redacted or otherwise not available on this website, this is done in accordance with Recommendation #36 noted above and in accordance with applicable laws, including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M. 56.

Service Procedures


Chapter 01

01-01 Arrest

01-02 Search of Persons

01-02 Search of Persons Appendix B

01-02 Search of Persons Appendix C

01-02 Search of Persons Appendix D

01-03 Persons In Custody

01-03 Persons In Custody Appendix A

01-03 Persons In Custody Appendix C

01-03 Persons In Custody Appendix E

01-03 Persons in Custody Appendix F

01-07 Identification of Criminals

01-09 Criminal Summons



Chapter 02

02-14 Civil Warrants

02-14 Civil Warrants Appendix A

02-18 Executing a Search Warrant

02-18 Executing a Search Warrant Appendix A



Chapter 04

04-01 Investigations at Hospitals

04-05 Missing Persons

04-08 Vulnerable Person Registry

04-09 American Sign Language and Language Interpreters

04-14 Regulated Interactions

04-28 Crime Stoppers

04-31 Victim Services Toronto

04-46 Closed Circuit Television

04-46 Closed Circuit Television Appendix A



Chapter 05

05-04 Intimate Partner Violence

05-05 Sexual Assault

05-10 Threatening/Harrassing Telephone Calls

05-16 Hate/Bias Crime

05-22 Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse

05-27 Criminal Harrassment

05-34 Serious Assaults



Chapter 06

06-04 Persons In Crisis

06-04 Persons In Crisis Appendix A

06-04 Persons In Crisis Appendix B

06-05 Elopees and Community Treatment Orders

06-09 Animal Control

06-10 Landlord-Tenant Disputes

06-13 Mobile Crisis Intervention Team



Chapter 07

07-01 Transportation Collisions

07-02 Fail to Remain Collisions

07-06 Ability Impaired/80 mgs and Over Investigation

07-06 Ability Impaired/80 mgs and Over Investigation Appendix A

07-06 Ability Impaired/80 mgs and Over Investigation Appendix B

07-10 Speed Enforcement

07-15 Drug Recognition Expert Evaluations and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

07-18 RIDE Program



Chapter 09

09-06 Property of Persons in Custody



Chapter 11

11-03 Police Response at Labour Disputes

11-04 Protests and Demonstrations



Chapter 13

13-14 Human Rights

13-16 Special Investigations Unit

13-20 Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities



Chapter 14

14-31 Members Serving on Boards/Committees



Chapter 15

15-01 Incident Response (Use of Force/De-Escalation)

15-01 Incident Response (Use of Force/De-Escalation) Appendix A

15-01 Incident Response (Use of Force/De-Escalation) Appendix B

15-16 Uniform Equipment and Appearance Standards

15-17 In-Car Camera System

15-20 Body-Worn Camera

15-20 Body-Worn Camera Appendix A



Chapter 16

16-07 Collection, Analysis and Reporting of Race-Based Data



Chapter 17

17-01 News Media



Chapter 20

20-01 Toronto Police Service - Honour Wall



Service Directives

Prosecuting Authority Consultation

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