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Police Powers and Accountability

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Department
Social Science
Course
SOSC 2652
Professor
Anna Pratt
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 11 Thursday November 28, 2013       Police Powers and Accountabi ity Guest speaker Police Powers and Accountability – Adam Vaughan, City Councillor  Guest Speaker • Toronto Police Services Board o Setting budgets o Develop police policy/strategies E.g. by using crime stats, put correct  number of police in correct area o City council generally has power to budget policing▯  of police o Professional standards and public complaints.  o Track and watch police DUI, anger issues, and other issues to make sure  that police are not harm to self or othe▯ ublic trust o Regulates usage of police tools. E.g. regulations for tasers.  o Can be appointed by council, province, or mayor’s office • Toronto Police Service Board Members/City Councillors cannot direct frontline  officers on their job.  o B/c you will be in charge of promotions, so don’t want bias o You are overseeing officer’s performance, so don’t want bias.  • City councillors not allowed to bring police complaints to public. Must bring to  police service board directly.  • When Calgary cop comes to Toronto, are 1.  Police Governance   Toronto City Council • Mayor and 44 elected City Councillors • Sets amount and parameters of police budget • Allocation and spending of police resources (e.g. helicopter? Tasers?)  • No direct oversight or ‘fine­tuning’▯ o direct oversight over police practices Toronto Police Services Board • 7 member ‘civilian’ body that oversees the Toronto Police Service • Toronto Police Services Act lays out who makes up those 7 members. • Awkward/difficult position for city council members who are also on Toronto  Police Services Board ▯ ot allowed to talk to frontline officers about their  position/duties.▯ nvolved in filing complaints about police/promoting officers  ▯ annot be seen to have relationships w/ officers that compromise their  objectivity▯ annot direct police on how to police their community c▯ annot  address the public directly▯ ust only speak with police chief.  o Problematic because Vaughan wanted to address public after Eatons  Center but couldn’t ▯ hy are civilian organizations most restricted in  times of bad events happening? ii) Contested Role and Score of PSBs • “Politicians who happen to form the government…should be kept in ignorance of  the day to day operation of the police force ”  • 2 QUOTES OFF SLIDES S. 31 Police Services Act • “The Board shall not direct the chief of police with respect to specific operational  decisions or with
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