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TPS announces new academic partnership
with Ryerson University

Broadcast time: 12:40
Monday, January 22, 2018

Strategy Management

The Toronto Police Service is modernizing. One of the innovative aspects to the modernization process includes looking at new and leading-edge academic and training opportunities. Today, the Service is announcing a new academic partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University to develop and deliver modernized police training and education to its members.

"This is an exciting partnership – one that will absolutely benefit our members. As a Service, we are driving towards furthering our professionalism and active accountability and are looking forward to leveraging Ryerson’s ability to bring additional academic rigour, training mechanisms and research to create new and relevant learning opportunities for the members of Toronto Police Service," explained Chief Mark Saunders.

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services through the Ontario Police Effectiveness and Modernization grant. This partnership will:

- enhance the Service’s ability to evaluate the impact of its training for Service members, and ensure that the course training standards meet the standards of the broader community

- provide a suite of courses for Service members on topics ranging from diversity and bias avoidance through project management and programs to support the Service’s new competency model

- provide access for Service members to the substantial information resources of Ryerson University, and result in research opportunities for the University and the Service

- provide credit toward university certificates, diplomas and/or degrees for courses offered by either organization

This partnership and the benefits of this new relationship will augment the Service’s existing standalone Toronto Police College – a state-of-the-art training facility in South Etobicoke. The College provides an array of training courses for all employee levels, from new recruits through to senior managers.

“The Chang School is delighted to enter into an academic partnership with the Toronto Police Service. Ryerson’s location in the heart of Downtown Toronto, combined with our core mission to support societal need and community engagement, inform our capacity to provide exemplary learning opportunities to Service members. Our innovative programming, leading research, and use of cutting-edge technology will help support the modernization of police education and training,” commented Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School.

About the Action Plan: The Way Forward
Mandated to look beyond the way policing is currently done in Toronto, the Transformational Task Force (TTF) proposed a modernized policing model for the city that is innovative, sustainable, and affordable. The model will place communities at its core, be intelligence-led, optimize the use of resources and technology, and embrace partnerships as a means of enhancing capacity and capability. The final report contains 32 recommendations and was accepted by the Toronto Police Services Board in February, 2017 as the Service’s Business Plan for the next three years.

To read more about this and the entire Action Plan: The Way Forward, visit:

Ryerson University:
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,600 students, including 2,600 master’s and PhD students, 3,100 faculty and staff, and nearly 185,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications