Something unusual is going on at 12 Division police headquarters.
The police in 12 Division are, according to a survey of Toronto residents, are the best in the city, in terms of honesty, trustworthiness, objectivity, communication, and freedom from bias. The study, which was released on May 30, surveyed more than 1500 Torontonians for their views of neighbourhood cops.
The survey found “stark” contrasts in how residents viewed police. Whites and Asians generally found police trustworthy and unbiased. Blacks were much less likely to do so. For instance, “Nineteen percent of Torontonians believe that the city’s police officers have discriminated against them in the past because of their ethnic background. 50% of Blacks held that view – some 30% above the population estimate.”
There was another remarkable contrast: between 12 Division and the rest. 12 Division led the rest in every measure.
- 87% of those surveyed in 12 Division found police honest.
- Only 60% did everywhere else
- 77% in 12 Division found police trustworthy
- 53% did elsewhere
- 10% of residents thought that the police were biased against their ethnicity
- 28% did city-wide
- 13% of 12 division residents thought the police had ethnic biases
- 51% of Torontonians did
This week, Frances Nunziata issued the division a certificate of appreciation to celebrate their accomplishment.