November 14: 'My officers acted in good faith:' Police Oversight, Accountability and Public Consent

November 10, 2017
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Ryerson University

Canada's model of local policing is based on one key principle, that of policing by consent. Recent police-community interactions have underscored the important connection between effective systems of oversight and accountability, and public consent.

  • In Toronto, the strong reaction to the refusal of the provincial Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to release information about its investigation of the Andrew Loku death led to the independent review of police oversight by Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
  • In Thunder Bay, the performance of the police services board in addressing issues between the Indigenous community and the police service caused Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) to request Senator Murray Sinclair to examine the effectiveness of police governance in that community.
  • The years of protest about police handling of missing and murdered Indigenous women finally prompted the federal government to order a national inquiry.

This 1-day forum will engage academics, members of the community and policy makers in a critical conversation about issues related to police oversight and public accountability.

For more information please contact Janine Willie at 416-979-5000, ext. 3614 or

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