The province’s police watchdog says it will soon begin collecting race-based data as part of its investigations into police-related incidents that resulted in deaths, serious injuries or allegations of sexual assault.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says data will be collected from whistleblowers in SIU cases on a voluntary basis. Information will also be collected in relation to the agents involved on a voluntary basis.
In a statement, SIU Director Joseph Martino highlighted the importance of race-based data. He said the Ontario Human Rights Commission report that found that black people in Toronto are arrested, charged and subjected to the use of force “disproportionately” by the city’s police force only serves to highlight the need to collect such information.
“Systematic public collection, analysis, and reporting of this data will greatly assist the public and police in better understanding policing and surveillance issues, including those related to systemic anti-Black and anti-Indian racism.” , said.
The SIU will begin collecting data based on race on October 1, under the Anti-Racism Act.