Item - 2016.MM22.32

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 8, 2016 without amendments.

MM22.32 - Re-examining the Toronto Police Service Scout Car Graphics Change - by Councillor Michael Thompson, seconded by Councillor Pam McConnell

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on November 8 and 9, 2016, adopted the following:


1.  City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board, due to growing public concern about the military-style “stealth” grey police cruisers proposed for purchase by the Toronto Police Service, to retain the current white with red and blue colour scheme pending further review.


2.  City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to clarify the reasons why a change in the scout car colour and graphics is necessary and why the proposed grey scheme was chosen.


3.  If a new colour scheme is required, City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to initiate an independent, professional study, including consultations with community stakeholders, to determine the most appropriate colours and graphics for future police vehicles, and to have regard for City Council's expectation that the colours and graphics chosen will reflect the City’s values of diversity, inclusiveness and mutual respect.

Background Information (City Council)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That Councillor Michael Thompson be permitted to add to the agenda of today's meeting an urgent Motion without Notice concerning:


Re-examining the Toronto Police Services Scout Car Graphics Change


Reason for Urgency:


This Motion is urgent because the Toronto Police Service have ordered new cruisers. Chief Saunders has made the decision to change the colour of the new cruisers without consulting the Toronto Police Services Board and stakeholders.  It is important to ensure that all new cruisers remain the present colours until a final decision is made by the Toronto Police Services Board as to the colours for the new cruisers.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-09-2016 6:03 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM22.32 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 13 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, John Tory
Source: Toronto City Clerk at