As the Toronto Police Services’ (TPS) budget increases, internal reforms to combat the organization’s disciplinary system and every-day operations have lagged. Reports and internal reviews have also not enacted visible changes. Beyond the Headlines takes a look at this issue in a two part series. The first episode features former TPS Chief, Alok Mukherjee, and Anna Willats of the Police Accountability Coalition.
Alok Mukherjee is a Distinguished Visiting Professor, cross-appointed to Department of Criminology and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He holds a PhD from York University, MA from University of Waterloo and from University of Saugar (India), and BA from Agra University (India). Alok has taught at both Ryerson and York. Prior to his appointment at Ryerson, Alok was Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, a position he held for ten years. He has held several other public appointments, including Vice Chair and Acting Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Commission (1992-1994) and Member, Ontario Civilian Police Commission (1994-1997).
Anna Willats is a professor at George Brown College, where teaches at the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate Program. She is also a long time member of Toronto Police Accountability Coalition.
Mohamad Yaghi, Host & Producer
Celine Caira, Chase Producer
Samira Basir & Rajesh Sankat, Technical Producers
Nirmalan Vijeykumar, Executive Producer
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