Toronto Police Service adds RBDC to Open Data Portal
November 18, 2022
By Blue Line Staff / Toronto Police Service
Nov. 18, 2022, Toronto, Ont. – The Toronto Police Service has added its current Race and Identity-Based Data Collection (RBDC) background to the Toronto Police Open Data Portal. In June 2022, the service released the findings of its RBDC Strategy, based on analysis of data collected in 2020 of officers’ perceptions of an individual’s race in use-of-force and strip searches.
“Adding RBDC to the Service’s Open Data Portal supports our commitment to transparency and accountability”, said TPS Deputy Chief, Information Officer Colin Stairs. “We are committed to taking meaningful steps to build community trust and we hope by sharing all of our data, this is a step in that direction. We are committed to our ongoing dialogue with stakeholders and our communities. It’s really important for us to share our information and to use it to continue having open, evidence-based dialogue with our communities.
The anonymized data used to support all of the findings released in June 2022 have now been added to the open data portal on the TPS website. By sharing the service’s data for the public to access and analyze, the service is facilitating the sharing of community perspectives and to finding collaborative solutions to address these complex issues.
RBDC open data is part of the service’s Open Data Program that provides ongoing releases of information for public safety, awareness, greater openness and transparency in policing.
In addition to adding open data, the service has published further information about the RBDC Strategy, the approach to analysis and methodologies, as well as supplementary findings of interest and more data supporting our 2020 results. This information is supplementary to the findings shared in June, and is not based on new data.
The findings from 2020 are a baseline to build upon in the years ahead. The service is committed to continued engagement with members and communities as it expand the types of data they collect and analyze, and co-develop actions in response.
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