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November 1, 2002
City Council approves zero tolerance in racial profiling
  
City Council yesterday unanimously approved the principle of zero tolerance in
racial profiling for policing in Toronto and requested the Toronto Police
Services Board to do the same. Council also called upon the Province of Ontario
to amend existing legislation governing civilian complaints regarding police
conduct in response to public perception that the existing process is impartial
and unfair.

"The Toronto Star's review of police data raised a number of issues which must
be addressed and I am bringing forward these recommendations to ensure that
there is public confidence and accountability in policing services, " said
Councillor Sherene Shaw, Diversity Advocate, as she presented the motion to
Council.

"I am also pleased that the Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board has made
a commitment to City Council to discuss the terms of reference for the Dubin
review at a public meeting of the board," continued Councillor Shaw.

Council also requested the Toronto Police Services Board to report on the
extent to which the recommendations of the reports and studies on race
relations and policing dating back to 1975 have been implemented, including
issues of employment equity, recruitment and promotional practices, as well as
diversity training.

The City Auditor has been asked to undertake an updated audit of policies,
procedures, programs and practices, similar to the 1992 Metro Toronto auditor's
report on race relations practices within the Toronto Police Service. In
addition, Council requested that the Dubin review address the training of
officers in relation to the exercise of discretion.


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