TPS seeks input on evaluating gender diversity and trans inclusion work
February 22, 2022 By Blue Line Staff
Feb. 21, 2022, Toronto, Ont. – The Toronto Police Service’s Gender Diversity and Trans Inclusion (GDTI) project continues to make progress on several initiatives to ensure all areas of the organization are updated with a gender diverse and trans inclusion lens.
The revised policies, procedures, orders, forms (PPOFs) and training materials were presented at a virtual community consultation hosted by Chief Ramer on January 19, 2022. The PPOFs can be found on the Toronto Police website under Procedures and Related Documents.
This work has included a new standard of conduct requiring TPS members to show respect to trans and gender diverse people, new guidance on searches and housing trans and gender diverse people, guidance for news releases and expanding the definition of immediate family. Mandatory training has also been created for all members.
TPS is asking the community to provide feedback on how they would like TPS to be evaluated on the impact of this work, by completing a short GDTI Community survey.
An essential part of the project involves gathering feedback from members of the community who are impacted the most, to ensure policy changes effectively meet their expectations. Community members are invited to participate in a second community consultation scheduled for Wednesday March 23, 2022, with more details to follow.
The catalyst for the Service’s Gender Diversity and Trans Inclusion Project is a settlement with Mr. Boyd Kodak and the Ontario Human Rights Commission, reached after allegations of discrimination based on gender and gender identity were made against the Service. An overview of this case can be found here.
For more information about the Gender Diversity and Trans Inclusion Project, please visit www.tps.on.ca/trans-inclusion-project.
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