A task force report published Thursday makes 32 recommendations on how to “modernize” the 8,000-member Toronto Police Service, including a significant overhaul of the organization’s human resources strategy.

According to the task force, this would include changes to the roles, functions and structure of the service’s HR unit to enable it to a play a modern role, including: 

  • A focus on cultivating the potential of people;
  • Making HR a credible, service-oriented enabler and partner; and
  • Delivering on four areas of strategic focus for the unit: people, leadership, culture and diversity, and effective delivery.

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The task force also recommends major changes to the Toronto Police Service’s HR policies, processes, analytics and tools. These would include: a multi-year diversity plan; a re-engineered performance management system; a broader, coordinated and sufficiently resourced wellness strategy for all service employees; and a new training model and system to evaluate training effectiveness.

Other recommendations include a three-year hiring and promotions freeze, and reining in unnecessary extra work for off-duty officers.

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