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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 3:15 p.m.
Toronto Police Services Board and Toronto Police Service Respond to the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 3:15 p.m., Toronto Police Services Board Chair Jim Hart and Chief of Police James Ramer will provide a joint statement and take questions from the media in response to the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations.

On June 21, 2018, the Toronto Police Services Board commissioned the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations, led by retired Justice Gloria Epstein with assistance from Counsel Mark Sandler. The purpose of the Review was to identify systemic issues and improve trust with Toronto’s vulnerable communities in the wake of several high-profile missing person investigations.

Toronto Police Services Board Executive Director Ryan Teschner and Deputy Chief of Police Myron Demkiw of Specialized Operations will also be in attendance.

Our media conference will be available on the Bell TOC and live streamed on the Toronto Police YouTube Channel.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, media may join online through WebEx. Please email Constable Caroline de Kloet at for a meeting invitation.

Please note, a meeting invitation must be requested for every news conference. Previously issued links will not provide access.

The meeting will open at 2:30 p.m. Logins will close at 3:05 p.m.

Instructions to join the briefing:

You can use a desktop computer, an iOS, or Android device to join the meeting. For best user experience, we suggest downloading the WebEx Meet app to your mobile device (phone or tablet).

Please do not call into the meeting. This briefing is visual, so for best results, and to avoid audio issues, media need to enter the meeting through a computer or via the mobile app.

1. Attach a wired headset
2. Using your device, click on the meeting link to join the meeting
3. In the “Name” field, enter your first and last name and your media outlet
4. Click the “Join Meeting” button
5. If on a desktop, the meeting will prompt you to connect audio and video
a. Select Audio Connection
o Choose “Call Using Computer” from the dropdown menu
b. Select Video Connection
o Choose “No Video” from the dropdown menu
c. Click more options (below audio connection info)
d. Click test to hear speaker audio
e. Speak to view microphone volume
f. Click okay
6. Click the Connect Audio button
a. Choose “No Video” from the dropdown menu
b. Click “more options” (below audio connection info)
c. Click “test” to hear speaker audio
d. Speak to view microphone volume
e. Click okay
7. Click the “Connect Audio” button

Meeting Protocol:

Upon entering the meeting, you will be automatically muted.

We will do a roll call in advance of the meeting start time to perform an audio check with each participant.

If you wish to ask a question, please click the hand icon to raise your hand (it will turn blue).

You will be placed in queue and called by name and outlet when it's your turn.

When you are called on, the moderator will ask you to unmute your mic. Please unmute your mic at this time. You can ask one question and one follow up. Once you have asked your question you will be muted again.

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Ashling Murphy, Corporate Communications