[TPS] – Media Advisory, Holiday R.I.D.E. Campaign, Saturday, December 31, 2016, 33 Division


oronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, Holiday R.I.D.E. Campaign, Saturday, December 31, 2016, 33 Division

Friday, December 30, 201611:45 AM
33 Division
416-808-3300

Traffic safety continues to be identified as a Service priority, with an increased focus on pedestrian safety and safe roadways. This initiative specifically addresses Toronto Police Service Priority, “Safe Communities & Neighbourhoods.”

The goal is designed to increase public awareness and compliance with safe driving measures with the goal being to save lives.

With the holiday season upon us, the Toronto Police Service wants to remind individuals that Holiday R.I.D.E. programs will be conducted all day on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at different locations throughout 33 Division.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Gordon Leece, 33 Division

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11 a.m., 32 Division, 30 Ellerslie Avenue, Toy Drive


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11 a.m., 32 Division, 30 Ellerslie Avenue, Toy Drive

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 5:59 AM
32 Division
416-808-3200

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 11 a.m., members of 32 Division invite the media to 32 Division, 30 Ellerslie Avenue, for a Christmas Toy Drive.

Police officers at 32 Division and the community they serve wanted this year’s annual 32 Division Christmas Toy Drive to be the most successful one yet. Throughout November and December, officers in the CRU and Auxiliary Officers have been participating with residents and businesses in the community who all wanted to make this Christmas a cheerful and happy one for as many children as possible. The response has been overwhelming and encouraging.

Officers canvassed local businesses, residents, their family and friends, advertised the Toy Drive through community newspapers and flyers requesting contributions. Auxiliary Officers conducted “Cram a Cruiser with Toys” initiatives on Saturdays in partnership with a Canadian Tire store.

An internal challenge amongst the uniform platoons and sub-units was initiated, leading to over $1,600 in donations from the officers at 32 Division themselves!

“We were quite astonished at how receptive the community was,” says PC Catalin Dorobantu, one of the lead organizers. “Once they understood we wanted to make sure children would not go through the holiday season without a gift, they sprung at the chance to give.”

This year the Toy Drive collected over $8,000 in toys and contributions. The spectacle of officers holding large bags of toys like Santa Clause became a popular sight in 32 Division. The donations were stored at 32 Division and will be delivered to various unsuspecting youths within 32 Division just in time for Christmas.

This year’s toy drive was the most successful to date, resulting in more families than ever being able to benefit from the generosity and the hard work of the community, the police and Auxiliary officers at 32 Division.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Sam Fernandes, 32 Division

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[TPS] – Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7 p.m., Road closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7 p.m., Road closures

Monday, December 19, 20166:59 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5053

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, the 27th annual Kensington Market “Winter Solstice” Parade will be held.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m., in the Kensington Market area.

It will form up on Augusta Street, between College Street and Oxford Street.

The parade route:
– southbound Augusta Avenue
– eastbound Baldwin Street
– southbound Kensington Avenue
– westbound Dundas Street West

The parade will disperse into Alexandra Park.

The event organizers are anticipating 5,000 participants.

Various road closures will be in effect for this event, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Kensington Market area streets. Dundas Street West will be closed from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

TTC service will be disrupted during the event on Dundas Street West.

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions. Members of the public should anticipate traffic disruptions in the area.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Tee Chase, Public Safety – Special Events

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[TPS] – TPS holding winter boot drive, Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9 a.m., Fairview Mall, south parking lot


Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS holding winter boot drive, Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9 a.m., Fairview Mall, south parking lot

Saturday, December 10, 20165:59 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-0111

The Toronto Police Service Divisional Policing Support Unit, in partnership with community group, Heroz 4 The Homeless, is holding a used/new clothing and footwear drive.

Donations from the initiative will be distributed to shelters in Toronto for the homeless.

Officers and community members will be collecting donations on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Fairview Mall, in the south parking lot (off of Sheppard Avenue East), from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

For further information, please contact Constable Patty Retsinas at 416-808-0126 or email patty.retsinas@torontopolice.on.ca.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Philip Mendoza, Divisional Policing Support Unit

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[TPS] – “STEP UP and Be Safe,” Pedestrian campaign, Monday, November 7, 2016 until Sunday, November 13, 2016


Toronto Police Service
News Release

“STEP UP and Be Safe,” Pedestrian campaign, Monday, November 7, 2016 until Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 20165:14 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be identified as a Service priority, with an increased focus on pedestrian safety, especially seniors.

Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. This year, 36 pedestrians have lost their lives. This represents over 52% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto, from January 2016 to date. Seniors, in particular, are among the most vulnerable sector of road users. This year there have been 23 senior pedestrian fatalities, representing over 63% of pedestrian fatalities.

The “STEP UP and Be Safe”- Pedestrian Campaign will begin on Monday, November 7, 2016 and will run until Sunday, November 13, 2016. The Service will continue to be diligent in education and associated enforcement strategies to enhance pedestrian safety within our communities. November, the month that Daylight Savings Time is introduced, has traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions.

All police officers and parking enforcement officers will be paying particular attention to those motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections, school zones (particularly primary schools) and crossing areas frequented by seniors. Pedestrians are encouraged to avoid using distracting electronic devices when interacting with vehicular traffic.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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[TPS] – #Fraudchat: Cyber Crime, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 1 p.m.


Toronto Police Service
News Release

#Fraudchat: Cyber Crime, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 4:59 AM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7300

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. It was created to educate internet users about online security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. The campaign’s goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to help internet users be safer online.

Cyber Security Awareness Month aims to drastically reduce the number of Canadians falling victim to cybercrime by creating awareness, sharing prevention tips and creating informed internet users.

Most Canadian internet users feel vulnerable to online threats, yet many people take risks online, such as opening email from an unknown source or not protecting personal information stored on a computer. Take the time, this October, during Cyber Security Awareness Month, to review your online safety practices and follow #CSAM.

Today, at 1 p.m., we will be joined by special guests the Canadian Bankers Association, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, to answer questions regarding Cyber Crime. Members of the public can follow the Canadian Bankers Association, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association using the hashtags @CdnBankers, @Canantifraud and @CHLIA on Twitter.

To follow #fraudchat, members of the public simply need to log on to Twitter from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST and follow the #Fraudchat hashtag. An application such as “Tweetdeck,” which allows users to separately view tweets containing this hashtag, is also helpful in following the chat.

About #Fraudchat

#Fraudchat is a monthly Twitter chat that takes place on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST on Twitter. Launched in November 2012, this program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Detective Gail Regan (@Reganfcu) and D/C Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU) of the Financial Crimes Unit and members of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (@FSCOTweets & CSFOTweets).

Since November 2012, TPS Financial Crimes has partnered with the Financial Service Commission of Ontario to educate the public about financial crimes and fraud through the use of social media.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Diane Kelly, Financial Crimes

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[TPS] – Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 201610:59 AM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

The enforcement of the city’s rush-hour routes and other traffic and parking offences continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service. On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016, the Service launched a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign. This campaign focused on the traffic congestion and gridlock of the rush-hour routes within the downtown core. Parking Enforcement Officers and members from Traffic Services saturated the downtown core during morning and afternoon rush hours.

The campaign focused on the areas bounded by Bloor Street to Front Street, and Parliament Street to Dufferin Street.

The Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results are as follows:

Parking Tickets Issued: 1,467
Vehicles Towed: 298

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for A/Officer-in-Charge Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement Unit

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