Board Meeting Highlights - April 27, 2022
2021 Use of Force Report
The Use of Force Report is a province-wide standardized method of collecting information from individual police services on use of force incidents. When an officer uses a use of force option in the course of their duties, a report must be completed. A member shall submit a use of force report when: a firearm is drawn in the presence of a member of the public, physical force is used on a person, pointed at a person, when a firearm is discharged, a Conducted Energy Weapon is deployed, or when a police officer uses any other weapon, a Use of Force report must be completed. In 2021, there were over 434,000 interactions with the public; of those interactions 230 resulted in incidents where force was used, which accounts for 0.05 percent of all police interactions which involved mandatory use of force reporting. The report is submitted to an internal review committee and the Chief of Police and is used to identify training needs and changes that need to be made to policy or procedures.
As of January 1, 2020, under the Anti-Racism Act, police services are now required to collect data on the perceived race of those subjects involved in use of force incidents. Police services in Ontario are mandated to complete province-wide standardized Use of Force Reports electronically for Ministry collection.
2021 Hate Crime in York Region
A report on Hate Crime was submitted to the Board which includes hate crime statistics and strategies for addressing and preventing incidents of bias and hate crime in York Region. In 2021, hate crimes in York Region increased between January to December. Of the 195 hate-motivated crimes which were reported to police, the factors include:
- Religion which accounted for 58 overall incidents;
- Race/Ethnicity which accounted for 104 incidents;
- Sexual Orientation which accounted for 30 incidents;
- Disability accounted for 3 incidents.
Next Regular Meeting of the Police Services Board
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 9:15 a.m. and will be live-streamed on YouTube. Further instructions on the broadcast will be posted on the Board website.
Contact: Mafalda Avellino, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is a seven-member civilian Board that oversees and governs the York Regional Police and is comprised of one member as Head of Municipal Council; three members are appointed by resolution of Regional Council and three by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
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