Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations Launches Online Survey
Part of widespread community outreach and engagement to gather public input and perspectives
TORONTO – November 12, 2019 – The Hon. Gloria J. Epstein, head of the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations today announced the release of a new online survey tool as part of the Review’s ongoing efforts to solicit public input from a wide cross-section of perspectives.
The survey tool can be found at www.missingpersonsurvey.ca or at the Review’s website at www.missingpersonsreview.ca. The survey is live and will remain available to respondents throughout the Spring of 2020.
“It is our hope that members of the public, and in particular those communities that feel particularly affected, will take time to participate in this survey and share their views,” emphasized Judge Epstein. “The greater and the more varied the response to this survey, the better rooted our work will be in the views of our diverse communities.”
The survey was developed with the support of a professional public opinion research firm, as well as the input of the Review’s Community Advisory Group. It poses a range of questions intended to assist the Review in its work including public attitudes toward the Toronto Police Service (the “TPS”) and the Toronto Police Services Board, personal interactions with the TPS and impressions of the effectiveness and responsiveness of the TPS, particularly with respect to missing persons investigations.
The survey is strictly anonymous. All answers will be kept confidential and respondents' identities will not be known to the Review. Some demographic and individual information is collected, solely for the purposes of understanding the different perspectives and experiences of our diverse community members.
“Ensuring a transparently confidential survey was a key priority for the Review,” stated Mark Sandler, lead counsel for the Review. “We want frank and full input and as a consequence, we appreciate the need to ensure the security and anonymity of the process.”
The survey is only the latest in a wide range of outreach and engagement mechanisms the Review has undertaken since its creation. Judge Epstein has met with many organizations, groups and individuals who have provided important feedback, and will continue to do so. Anyone can also provide written comments or submissions to the Review through its website, either anonymously or otherwise. In 2020, the Review will also conduct a town hall, and policy roundtables accessible to the public.
The Review was launched in September 2018 and is expected to be completed on or before January 31, 2021.
About The Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations
The Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations (the “Review”) was prompted, in large part, by the tragic deaths of members of Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ communities and by deep concerns about how the Toronto Police Service (the “TPS”) conducted the investigations into their disappearances. The Review is designed to evaluate how the TPS has conducted and is conducting missing person investigations, particularly in relation to LGBTQ2S+ and vulnerable or marginalized communities, make recommendations to promote efficient, effective and bias-free investigations and better police relations with affected communities. For more information, please visit www.missingpersonsreview.ca.
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