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A Toronto Police badge is seen during the Toronto Police College Graduation Ceremony in Toronto, Wednesday May 14, 2014

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Toronto police say they have made sweeping changes in how they deal with those in crisis, including adopting a "zero harm" approach.

Deputy chief Mike Federico says the force has implemented an overwhelming majority of recommendations issued as part of a coroner's inquest and in a separate report by a former Supreme Court justice on police's use of lethal force.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board, Federico said 45 of the 46 police-related recommendations made in the inquest have been applied, as well as 79 of the 84 issued in the probe by Frank Iacobucci.

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He says new recruits will receive three more weeks of training to emphasize de-escalation techniques, something critics have long been calling for.

The deputy chief says the use of body-worn cameras will also help with officers' accountability when dealing with those in crisis.

But a proposal to introduce a so-called "sock" gun — a modified shotgun that fires soft bullets similar to a bean bag — was criticized by at least one board member.

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