(Image retrieved from Toronto Police Video Services)
Dr. Alok Mukherjee has been re-elected chair of the Toronto Police Services board.
“Thank you to all of my colleagues for your continued support and confidence,” Mukherjee said Friday after the vote.
“We are getting into…entering rather a significant year of challenges and I look forward to all of us working together to deal with some important issues that we are working on right now,” Mukherjee told the board.
Councillor Michael Thompson was also re-elected as board vice-chair.
There were no other nominees for either position.
According to the Police Services Act, a new chair and vice-chair must be elected or re-elected annually at the first public meeting of the year. Mukherjee was first elected as chair in 2005. Thompson has been on the board since 2010.
After a deputation from community activist Miguel Avila, the board reviewed a proposal for a board-led review and new policies for the filing of procedures. The board agreed to get a consultant to review Police Chief Bill Blair’s 2014 organization chart of the Toronto Police Service
The board also agreed to ask Blair for a report regarding Level 3 searches, known as a strip searches, after complaints and media reports that these searches have become routine. Chief Blair was not at the meeting because he is recovering from a knee injury.
The next police services board meeting is Feb. 6.