Contract Security: City of Mississauga Security “CSIS” database reveals disturbing Failure-to-Mention in Corporate Reports
January 9th, 2014
Our last blog was December 25th, 2013 which included a December 29, 2013 update. It’s now January 9, 2014… Only three blogs in December, none in November, just one in October.
And yet we are so busy! We continue to analyze the City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database and I for one, am finally comfortable enough using Excel to be confident navigating it. What this means is I am now taking over 150 “tags” (Notice Prohibiting Entry) that I secured from the City of Brampton back in 2008 and transferring them into a modified version of the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database. It’s as close to comparing Security-apples with Security-apples as I’m ever going to get.
The thing is this transfer from paper to electronic spreadsheet takes time. And before I even begin any analysis I have to check, double and triple-check to ensure that each entry is correct first.
But the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database has revealed something so troubling that I can’t in good conscience sit on this information until I’m ready. “Ready” defined as all the Freedom of Information that I have yet to file is returned and examined as part of the data. This has to go up now.
I’ve already mentioned the April 16, 2007 email that I received from Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion denying that City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) keep records on Age and Ethnicity.
“Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”
Confirmed now as a lie, possibly out of ignorance.
In a March 19, 2007 email the Mayor also insisted that the City treats all residents fairly. Here are her exact words:
“You have made references to two quotations in the Canadian Security Magazine article, alleging concerns that you have with respect to the new Canadians and the number of security incidents last year. I cannot see anything that substantiates your concerns. In any event, please be advised that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity.”
And so I present the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database —this time severed to include only those incidents involving bans issued by “Contract Security”. Contract Security would be private security guards hired by City of Mississauga Corporate Security on contract.
Original size can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/11820600953/sizes/o
City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses Jamie Hillis and Cathie Evans provided several Corporate Reports to Mississauga Council regarding incidents at City facilities (bans, arrests etc). As I’ve said since early 2008, it’s what City of Mississauga (and Corporate Security) fail to mention that the public needs to know the most. In their Corporate Reports, there was never any mention of ethnicity. Of the degree to which security guards (and even City bosses themselves) fail to record vital information into the Security database. Of the baffling “Complexion” categories and even more bizarre “Age Ranges”…
Both Hillis and Evans failed to mention MissCorpSec’s “Contract Security” records. And also failed to mention:
- The City of Mississauga Corporate Security database confirms that between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2012, Contract Security issued 51 bans.
- Of those 51 bans, Contract Security guards failed to record “Complexion” (Race/Ethnicity) in 22 or 43% of those bans.
- Of the 29 incidents where “Complexion”was recorded, 22 or 76% of people banned were non-Caucasian. Of those 29 assigned a “Complexion” and banned, 15 or 52% were black.
- Of the 51 bans issued by Contract Security, 7 or 14% ended in Arrest. This represents the minimum since Freedom of Information has confirmed that not all arrests are recorded in the database. None of the arrests involved Peel Police.
- 11 incidents or 22% involved bans of 1 year (365 days). Contract Security failed to record “Complexion” in 4 of those one-year bans. One 365-day ban was issued with a verbal warning only.
- Of the 7 one-year bans where “Complexion” is known, 5 or 71% were Black.
- The average duration of bans issued by City of Mississauga Contract Security was 138 days.
The next step is compare these data with City of Brampton Primary Response Contract Security…
That’s it, except I’ll leave you with this:
“With respect to your first question, ultimately I am responsible for the design and evaluation of the database.”
—Ken Owen, January 6, 2009 Director, Facilities and Property Management,
Corporate Services Department, City of Mississauga