Community Education and Access to Police Complaints (CEAPC) CEAPC has also been active in the reform of Ontario’s police complaints system – a process that began in 2005 and is ongoing with the introduction of a new complaints system in October, 2009.
The Community Education and Access to Police Complaints (CEAPC) partnership is a network of forty organizations from across Toronto that includes legal clinics, ethnocultural organizations, community centres, grassroots groups, advocacy groups and more. Our goal is to increase community safety by enhancing the relationship between diverse communities and police.
The CEAPC philosophy and principles correspond to those of community policing in that they rely on police and citizens working together, innovative and collaborative problem solving, regular contact and consultation with communities, ownership and responsibility in neighbourhoods, and the creation of opportunities for the community to be active in the policing process. We believe that a transparent, accessible and fair police complaints system rests on the participation of three pillars - community, government, and police.
From 2004 – 2006, CEAPC ran a Demonstration Project that included raising public awareness, community education, promoting dialogue between communities and police and community-based intake and support for individuals filing a police complaint. Learn more about the CEAPC Demonstration Project.
Community Education and Access to Police Complaints (CEAPC)
CEAPC has also been active in the reform of Ontario’s police complaints system – a process that began in 2005 and is ongoing with the introduction of a new complaints system in October, 2009.
Legal Information and Assistance
211Toronto – A directory of over 20,000 community, social, health and government services.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) - A community legal clinic that specializes in public legal education.
CLEONET - A web site for community workers and advocates with a wide selection of information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.
CLEO Youth Justice Inventory - A listing of materials produced by youth-serving community organizations, government and government-related offices, and other agencies from across Ontario that deal with youth justice issues.
Legal Aid Ontario – An independent but publicly funded and accountable non-profit corporation that administers Ontario’s legal aid program. This program is available to low income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems.
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Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services (OCCPS) - an independent oversight agency committed to serving the public by ensuring that adequate and effective policing services are provided to the community in a fair and accountable manner.
Toronto Police Accountability Coalition (TPAC) a group which encourages debate about police policy issues, and is devoted to making the police more accountable to the public.
Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP - listing of links to Canadian Police Commissions, International Police Oversight Bodies and reports from police oversight agencies worldwide.
Ontario’s Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office – The largest provincial mental health advocacy program in Canada operates as an arm’s length program of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to protect the legal and civil rights of inpatients in provincial psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals and individuals in the community who are being considered for community treatment. Provide a full range of independent advocacy and rights advice services.
Reports about Ontario’s police complaints system
Review of Multiculturalism and Justice Issues: A Framework for Addressing Reform, Professor Brian Etherington, Faculty of Law - Universty of Windsor (May 1994) Report prepared for the Department of Justice Canada © Government of Canada (2006) 4.0 Criminal Justice System Issues, 4.1 Administration of Justice System Issues.
Report on the Police complaints System in Ontario – based on a provincial review by The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage, Q.C. (April 2005).
Background information, details and government debates about Bill 103 are available on the Ontario Legislative Assembly website