Special Investigations Unit Report
This week, the Special Investigations Unit, the arms-length agency that investigates serious incidents involving police officers issued its finding following the tragic and sad death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit reported that following their thorough investigation they had determined that "reasonable grounds" did not exist to lay any charges against Toronto Police Officers who were at the scene. The report (https://www.siu.on.ca/en/news_template.php?nrid=5977 ) detailing the findings has been publicly released.
Interim Police Chief James Ramer indicated that the Toronto Police Service will now undertake its own review to determine how officers can better deal with such situations. The Interim Chief also stated that he had been engaging mental health professionals to help them prepare a report to the Toronto Police Services Board on better practices and he is also already expanding the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team which responds to mental health crises.
This is on top of the more than 80 recommendations submitted by the Mayor based on City Council's direction which has now been approved by the Toronto Police Services Board.