Posts Tagged With: Toronto Police Services

[TPS] – High Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, May 4, 2019, to Monday, May 13, 2019, High Park Traffic Closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

High Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, May 4, 2019, to Monday, May 13, 2019, High Park Traffic Closures

Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 8:30 AM
11 Division
416-808-1100

From Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Monday, May 13, 2019, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place in High Park.

High Park will be closed to all non-essential vehicles 24 hours a day, starting on Saturday, May 4 at 7 a.m. The closure will remain in effect until the conclusion of the Festival, which is expected to be no later than Monday, May 13, 2019. 

Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation when visiting High Park.

Alternatively, there are multiple locations throughout the city with large concentrations of Cherry trees that will be in bloom. View Cherry Blossom Festival locations

The festival will take place regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Sharon Davis, 11 Divison

There are no files attached to this release. 

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[TPS] – 2019 Greek Independence Day Parade, Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 1 p.m., Danforth Avenue From Donlands Avenue to Broadview Avenue


Toronto Police Service
News Release

2019 Greek Independence Day Parade, Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 1 p.m., Danforth Avenue From Donlands Avenue to Broadview Avenue

Friday, March 22, 2019 – 9:00 AM
55 Division
416-808-5438

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 1 p.m., the 2019 Greek Independence Day Parade will take place. Road closures will be in place for all or part of the day. 

The parade will follow the route of:

– northbound, Euston Avenue from Donlands Avenue, full closure

– westbound, Danforth Avenue from Donlands Avenue to Broadview Avenue, full closure

The parade will end at Broadview Avenue, at approximately 3 p.m.

Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation. The TTC may experience delays. The parade will take place regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Michelle Flannery, 55 Division, Neighbourhood Safety Unit

There are no files attached to this release. 

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[TPS] – #Fraudchat: Hydro Fraud, Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 1 p.m


Toronto Police Service
News Release

#Fraudchat: Hydro Fraud, Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 8:10 AM
Financial Management
416-808-7300

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., members of the Toronto Police Financial Crimes Unit will be joined by members of Toronto Hydro, for #FraudChat. 

The purpose is to answer questions regarding Hydro Fraud and the different ways fraudsters are targeting Toronto Hydro customers and how to spot and stop scams. 

Members of the public can follow the Toronto Police Financial Crimes Unit, Detective Regan and Detective Constable Kelly, and Toronto Hydro using the hashtags @ReganFCU @DKellyFCU @TPSFCU and @TorontoHydro on Twitter.

To follow #FraudChat, members of the public can log on to Twitter from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 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 an online program that seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. March is Fraud Prevention Month which is spearheaded by the Competition Bureau @CompBureau. 

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro owns and operates the electricity distribution system for Canada’s largest city. A leader in conservation and demand management, it has 772,000 customers located in the City of Toronto and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.

Twitter – twitter.com/torontohydro
Facebook – facebook.com/torontohydro
YouTube – youtube.com/torontohydro
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/Toronto-hydro

For more information about #FraudChat, please contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 416-808-7300

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Diane Kelly, Financial Crime Unit

There are no files attached to this release. 

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[TPS] – Holiday on-street parking enforcement


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday on-street parking enforcement

Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 9:29 AM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Family Day public holiday on Monday, February 19, 2018:

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas
• Rush-Hour Routes
• Posted signs indicating Monday-to-Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Operations Supervisor, Parking Enforcement West

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[TPS] – Community Safety Notification, High-risk sex offender released, Joseph Thayakaran Joseph, 45, Photograph of man released


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Community Safety Notification, High-risk sex offender released, Joseph Thayakaran Joseph, 45, Photograph of man released

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 9:06 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Joseph Thayakaran Joseph, 45, is to be released from prison after serving an eight-year, 10-month sentence for:

1) two counts of Sexual Assault
2) Sexual Assault with a Weapon
3) three counts of Forcible Confinement
4) Assault

He will be living in Toronto upon his release. The Toronto Police Service is notifying the public of his release due to his high-risk potential to re-offend.

He is subject to an 810.2 Recognizance order requiring him to abide by numerous conditions, including:

1) Report weekly to the Toronto Police Service
2) Not to enter into an intimate relationship, cohabitation, marriage or common-law relationship with a female until that person has been identified to the Toronto Police Service
3) Not to use social media accounts including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc, without specified permission. Any account used must be viewable by the public
4) Not have contact directly or indirectly with any person on social media unless specific permission is obtained 24 hours in advance of doing so.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Pauline Gray, Sex Crimes

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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TPS] – Have your Say – Toronto Police Service Organizational Culture


Community Alert Toronto Police Service
Have your Say – Toronto Police Service Organizational Culture

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is modernizing its policing model, as described in The Way Forward Action Plan. Part of that effort includes assessing the Service’s organizational culture – the values, beliefs, and behaviours that shape how the Toronto Police Service members do their work and interact with the community.

The Toronto Police Service is completing this assessment to understand the current organizational culture and identify strengths and potential areas of change. The Service has hired MNP, a Canadian professional services firm, to complete the organizational culture assessment.

To participate, please complete the online survey at the following link: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/TPS-Organizational-Culture-Survey

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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service recognizes Safer Internet Day 2018


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service recognizes Safer Internet Day 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 9:33 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-8500

Every year, the Toronto Police Service recognizes Safer Internet Day by taking the opportunity to educate the public on safe internet use.

This year’s theme, “Create, Connect & Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You,” is an important time to offer a warning from the TPS Child Exploitation Section.

On any given day, the Service receives reports and tips about images and videos of child sexual abuse. In many instances, members of the public share this material online out of shock and concern for the victims.

Sharing this material is illegal. Anyone found to be doing so may be charged with child pornography offences.

In addition to being against the law, every time an image or video is viewed or shared – even for non-sexual purposes – a child is re-victimized.

“They are trading around my trauma like treats at a party and it feels like I am being raped all over again by every one of them. It sickens me to the core, terrifies me and makes me want to cry…so many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep, thinking of a stranger somewhere staring at their computer with images of a naked me on the screen,” said a victim of child sexual exploitation as part of a Victim Impact Statement.

If you come into contact with child sexual abuse material, do not send it to anyone. Call police at 416-808-2222 or 9-1-1 if the child is being abused in real-time.

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Reporting can also be made at Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children at CyberTip.ca.

For more information on how you can protect your family online and contribute to a safer internet, visit Protect Kids Online.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Paul Krawczyk, Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section

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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy, Registration now open for spring session


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy, Registration now open for spring session

Monday, February 5, 2018 – 9:55 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-0100

Registration for the spring session of the Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy has now opened.

The eight-week course, designed to inform members of the public about all things policing, will be held at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, every Saturday, from March 27, 2018, to May 26, 2018.

Please visit our website for scheduling and course details.

The Toronto Police Service has partnered with Humber College to offer credits upon successful completion of the Community Police Academy.

Graduates will be recognized by Chief Mark Saunders and will be eligible for two credits toward Humber’s Police Foundations Diploma.

Students must attend every class to graduate. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

To register, click here.

Media inquiries can be directed to Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, at 416-808-7100 or meaghan.gray@torontopolice.on.ca

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for A/Superintendent David Rydzik, Divisional Policing Support Unit

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[TPS] – TPS launches new Core Values and Competencies


Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS launches new Core Values and Competencies

Friday, January 19, 2018 – 1:07 PM
Strategy Management
416-808-7018

The TPS has launched its new Core Values and Competency Framework that represent the principles and behaviours that members of the Service and the communities believe are reflective of a modern, community-centric police service. The public launch took place at the Police Services Board meeting which provided an opportunity to share the new values and the framework with the Board, the public, and members.

The Toronto Police Service’s new Core Values and Competency Framework were developed through a collaborative and inclusive process including interviews with almost 200 Service members, uniform and civilian, from all ranks, and another 100 people from community advocates to members of Community Police Liaison Committees.

There are four new Core Values: Service at our Core, Do the right thing, Connect with Compassion and Reflect & Grow.

“These are the foundational behaviours that tell us who we employ, what behaviours we need to develop, the behaviours that will be recognized and rewarded, and the behaviours necessary for promotion and greater responsibly within our ranks and leadership,” commented Chief Mark Saunders. “I would like to thank everyone – members and the community – for their help in this important process.”

The new Competency Framework was created to help guide the implementation of the People Plan – the three-year plan that provides a roadmap to improve how the Service hires develops promotes and preserves the well-being of its members.

About the Action Plan: The Way Forward
Mandated to look beyond the way policing is currently done in Toronto, the Transformational Task Force (TTF) proposed a modernized policing model for the city that is innovative, sustainable, and affordable. The model will place communities at its core, be intelligence-led, optimize the use of resources and technology, and embrace partnerships as a means of enhancing capacity and capability. The final report contains 32 recommendations and was accepted by the Toronto Police Services Board in February 2017 as the Service’s Business Plan for the next three years.

To read more about this and the entire Action Plan: The Way Forward, visit: http://torontopolice.on.ca/TheWayForward/

For more information, please contact Sandra Buckler at Sandra.Buckler@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Sandra Buckler for Deputy Chief Barbara McLean

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[TPS] – New Year’s Eve celebration, Nathan Phillips Square, Road closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

New Year’s Eve celebration, Nathan Phillips Square, Road closures

Saturday, December 30, 2017 – 3:29 PM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5048

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, the City of Toronto will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Philips Square.

The event starts at 11:30 p.m., with a live DJ. At midnight, the event will conclude with a pyrotechnic show from the towers at City Hall.

Road closures, for both vehicles and pedestrians, will be in effect from 6 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., and are:

– Queen Street West, from Yonge Street to University Avenue
– Bay Street, from Richmond Street West to Dundas Street West
– York Street, from Richmond Street West to Queen Street West
– Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
– Elizabeth Street, from Foster Place to Hagerman Street
– Albert Street, from Bay Street to James Street
– James Street, from Queen Street West to Albert Street

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Public Safety – Special Events

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Sunday, December 24, 2017, 8 a.m., Headquarters, main lobby, Service members adopt Victim Services Toronto families, Dropping off donations of food gifts


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Sunday, December 24, 2017, 8 a.m., Headquarters, main lobby, Service members adopt Victim Services Toronto families, Dropping off donations of food gifts

Saturday, December 23, 2017 – 6:44 PM
Duty Desk
416-808-7000

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 8 a.m., in the lobby at headquarters, 40 College Street, Toronto Police Service members will be getting ready to drop off donations of food and toys to families in need this Christmas.

In partnership with Victim Services Toronto, Service members are supporting families who have suffered a traumatic event this year and are in need of support over the holidays.

Victim Services Toronto is a non-profit agency that supports victims of sudden tragedy or crime in partnership with the Toronto Police Service.

The media is invited to attend headquarters at 8 a.m. to speak with organizers before they deliver the gifts.

For more information please contact Constable Jamie Pardy, at Jamie.Pardy@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Jamie Pardy, Duty Desk

There are no files attached to this release.

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Service Members Adopt Victims Services Toronto families, Dropping off Donations of food gifts, Sunday, December 24, 8 a.m., Headquarters main lobby, 40 College St.


News Release

Media advisory, Service Members Adopt Victims Services Toronto families, Dropping off Donations of food gifts, Sunday, December 24, 8 a.m., Headquarters main lobby, 40 College St.

Saturday, December 23, 2017 – 9:00 AM
Duty Desk
416-808-7000

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 8 a.m., in the lobby at Headquarters, 40 College Street, Toronto Police Service members will be getting ready to drop off donations of food and toys to families in need this Christmas.

In partnership with Victim Services Toronto, Service members are supporting families who have suffered a traumatic event this year and are in need of support over the holidays.

Victim Services Toronto is a non-profit agency that supports victims of sudden tragedy or crime in partnership with the Toronto Police Service.

The media is invited to attend headquarters at 8 a.m. to speak with organizers before they deliver the gifts.

For more information please contact Constable Jamie Pardy, at Jamie.Pardy@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Jamie Pardy, Duty Desk

There are no files attached to this release.

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[TPS] – Missing man, Cabbagetown area, Kory Bryan, 28


News Release

Missing man, Cabbagetown area, Kory Bryan, 28

Monday, December 18, 2017 – 10:57 AM
51 Division
416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, Kory Bryan, 28, was reported missing. He has not been seen or heard from for at least two weeks. He is known to frequent the Cabbagetown area, near Gerrard Street East.

He is described as 5’10”, medium build, brown eyes, dyed blonde hair, spacers in his ears.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mary MacNaughton, 51 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.


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[TPS] – Police investigate allegations of Kijiji rental fraud, 2200 Lake Shore Boulevard West Olufemi Abiodun Agunbiade, 33, wanted, Photographs of man released


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Police investigate allegations of Kijiji rental fraud, 2200 Lake Shore Boulevard West Olufemi Abiodun Agunbiade, 33, wanted, Photographs of man released

Monday, December 11, 2017 – 11:33 AM
22 Division
416-808-2200

The Toronto Police Service would like to alert the public to an investigation into allegations of a Kijiji rental fraud.

Between Monday, October 23, 2017 and Tuesday, November 28, 2017, five separate people have alleged frauds to police concerning a condominium rental at 2200 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

It is alleged that:

– people responded to an ad on Kijiji

– they were met by a man living in the unit, claiming to be a real estate agent

– they were given a tour of the unit

– they all signed rental agreements and provided deposits for first and last months’ rent

– the man has since fled and did not have the right to rent the unit

Olufemi Abiodun Agunbiade, 33, of Toronto, who also goes by the name “Femi,” is wanted for these incidents.

Police have interviewed other members of the public who have allegedly fallen victim to this. Investigators urge anyone who has had contact with him to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Cornelus Gutter, 22 Division

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[TPS] – “STEP UP and BE SAFE” pedestrian campaign, Monday, November 6, 2017 through Sunday, November 12, 2017


Toronto Police Service
News Release

“STEP UP and BE SAFE” pedestrian campaign, Monday, November 6, 2017, through Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 5:14 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods. This initiative is part of the City of Toronto – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Vision Zero is a comprehensive five-year (2017-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road-users through a range of initiatives.

The “STEP UP and BE SAFE” pedestrian campaign will begin on Monday, November 6, 2017, and conclude on Sunday, November 12, 2017. November, the month that daylight savings time is introduced, has traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions. The Toronto Police Service will continue to be diligent and promote education initiatives and associated enforcement strategies to enhance pedestrian safety within our communities.

Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. A total of 28 pedestrians have lost their lives this year. This represents over 57% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto so far this year. Seniors, in particular, are among the most vulnerable sector of road-users. To date, there have been 13 senior pedestrian fatalities representing 46% of pedestrian fatalities in 2017.

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 about to interact with vehicular traffic.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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TPS] – Missing girl, Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area, Vanessa Campbell, 17


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing girl, Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area, Vanessa Campbell, 17

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 12:01 PM
55 Division
416-808-5500

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing girl.

Vanessa Campbell, 17, was last spoken to on Friday, October 20, 2017, at
approximately 8 p.m. She is believed to have been in the Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area at the time.

She is described as 5’7″, thin build, black braided hair, nose piercing.

Police are concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Steve Oliver, 55 Division

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[TPS] – Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Roa


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Road

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 5:45 AM
41 Division
416-808-4100

41 Division’s “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 65 Ellesmere Road.

Officers from 41 Division will sit down with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

This event is relaxed, informal and open for discussions about the issues community residents feel are important.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Constable Mark McCabe, 41 Division

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[TPS] – Toronto Region Board of Trade announces Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews as 2016 TPS Police Officer of the Year


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Region Board of Trade announces Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews as 2016 TPS Police Officer of the Year

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 9:25 PM
Professional Standards Support
416-808-7096

The winner of the 2016 Police Officer of the Year award was announced during the annual reception held this evening at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

This award was created by the Board of Trade in 1967. Its purpose is to recognize officers of the Toronto Police Service who have made significant contributions to making Toronto one of the safest cities in the world. Each month, an officer or a group of officers is selected for Police Officer(s) of the Month, based on the following criteria: bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work and outstanding police skills.

The monthly winners are then re-evaluated by a panel of judges and a winner is chosen to receive the Police Officer(s) of the Year award.

This year, the winner is Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews of Intelligence Services.

He has successfully demonstrated outstanding bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty. The professional manner with which he has conducted himself is worthy of substantial recognition, not only by their peers, but also the Toronto Police Service and the community in which he proudly serves.

On August 8, 2015, a shooting occurred at Muzik club. Two people died.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews was working a paid duty when the call came over the radio. He was near Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road, right behind a stopped taxi with a shooting victim inside. He approached the passenger, who had been shot three times and was bleeding profusely. He pulled him out of the vehicle, started applying pressure, dressing the wounds, and called for an ambulance. He got a passerby to assist with first aid, to keep the victim stabilized, awaiting the ambulance.

In the time it took for the ambulance to arrive. Staff Sergeant Matthews was faced with a hostile crowd. He was on his own, in uniform. A woman approached him, yelling at him and punched him in the face. He knew that, if he arrested the woman, the victim he was treating might die. He maintained first aid while he verbally tried to deescalate tensions. The woman left the scene.

He attended the hospital with the victim, covered in the victim’s blood. The victim remained in critical, but stable, condition and survived the shooting.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews was also selected as the Police Officer of the Month for August 2016.

Congratulations to this officer and to all the award winners for their continuing efforts to make Toronto a safe city.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for A/Superintendent Peter Callaghan, Professional Standards Support

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[TPS] – Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, September 18, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, September 18, 2017, to Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 5:02 PM
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 Monday, September 18, 2017, the Service will launch a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign with a focus on traffic congestion and gridlock in the downtown core.

There will be zero tolerance for vehicles found blocking and congesting rush-hour routes.

The campaign will start on Monday, September 18, 2017, with the enforcement of the morning rush-hour routes, and will conclude on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Parking Enforcement Officers and police officers from Traffic Services will be saturating the downtown core to tackle gridlock by ticketing and towing vehicles obstructing the rush-hour routes. All other rush-hour routes in the city will have heightened enforcement.

Since January 1, 2017, Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement has issued 57,025 parking infractions and towed 11,884 vehicles from the city’s rush-hour routes.

Members of the media are welcome to participate in ride-alongs with members from Parking Enforcement. To do that, please contact Brian Moniz at 416-808-1612 or at brian.moniz@torontopolice.on.ca

The Toronto Police Service will be utilizing its Twitter accounts, @ParkingTPS and @TorontoPolice, to highlight results of this campaign.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement

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[TPS] – TPS starts recruitment process for 80 new police constables


Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS starts recruitment process for 80 new police constables

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 5:30 PM
Employment
416-808-5646

The Toronto Police Service is now accepting applications for the position of Cadet-in-Training. The new recruits will support community-centric policing, diversity and inclusion as part of The Way Forward Action Plan.

The Service continues to modernize and that includes its recruitment processes with a new job posting for 80 police constables to be added to the Service’s complement. The job posting describes valued qualifications such as post-secondary education, work or volunteer experience with marginalized and/or socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

As the TPS develops its new Human Resources strategy, new core competencies will define how members are recruited, developed and promoted in all roles, including uniform and civilian.

“The people of today’s police service are expected to be adaptable, accountable, and innovative,” said Chief Mark Saunders, listing some of these values. “In the future, members who contribute to our dynamic team will already have invested time and energy into becoming community leaders.”

For more information on the current recruitment process, please contact the Employment Unit at 416-808-JOIN (5646).

To see the job posting, click here.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11 a.m., D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, “Back to School” media event


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11 a.m., D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, “Back to School” media event

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 4:59 AM
13 Division
416-808-1300

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 11 a.m., at D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, Toronto Police Service 13 Division will be hosting a “Back to School” media event.

This event will highlight safe driving in school zones, parking considerations when dropping off/picking up children at school, and working cooperatively with the school community to ensure a safe environment for our children.

Chief Mark Saunders, Superintendent Scott Baptist and Principal Catherine Profiti will be in attendance.

The event will not be available on TOC and will not be live-streamed.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, 13 & 53 Divisions

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[TPS] – Back-to-school campaign, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, September 8, 2017 Are you FOCUSED on school?


Toronto Police Service
News Release

The back-to-school campaign, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, to Friday, September 8, 2017, Are you FOCUSED on school?

Monday, September 4, 2017 – 8:01 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods.

This initiative is part of the City of Toronto – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Vision Zero is a comprehensive five-year (2016-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road-users, through a range of initiatives.

The Toronto Police Service will be launching its annual back-to-school campaign entitled “Are you FOCUSED on school?” (Frequent Offences the Community and Road Users See Every Day), starting Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and concluding on Friday, September 8, 2017. This back-to-school initiative will focus on road-users who put children at risk as a result of their poor driving habits.

All police officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will pay attention to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of school zones, including offences related to pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing behaviours. Enforcement will also target aggressive driving offences, prohibited turns, and distracted driving behaviours, along with “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy, Registration open for fall session


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy, Registration open for fall session

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 10:53 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-7100

Registration for the fall session of the Toronto Police Service Community Police Academy has now opened.

The eight-week course, designed to inform members of the public about all things policing, will be held at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, every Saturday, from September 30, 2017 to November 25, 2017. There will be no classes on Thanksgiving weekend.

The Toronto Police Service has partnered with Humber College to offer credits upon successful completion of the Community Police Academy.

Graduates will be recognized by Chief Mark Saunders and will be eligible for two credits toward Humber’s Police Foundations Diploma.

Students must attend every class in order to graduate. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about the Academy, including a link to the registration form, please visit the website.

Media inquiries can be directed to Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, at 416-808-7100 or meaghan.gray@torontopolice.on.ca

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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[TPS] – Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, July 31, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 201


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, July 31, 2017, to Friday, August 4, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 4:29 PM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

The enforcement of the city’s rush-hour routes and other traffic and parking offenses continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service.

The TPS will be launching a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign with a focus on traffic congestion and gridlock within the downtown core. There will be zero tolerance for vehicles found blocking and congesting rush-hour routes.

The campaign will start on Monday, July 31, 2017, with the enforcement of the morning rush-hour routes and will conclude on Friday, August 4, 2017. Parking Enforcement Officers and officers from Traffic Services will be saturating the downtown core to tackle gridlock by ticketing and towing vehicles obstructing rush-hour routes.

Since January 1, 2017, TPS Parking Enforcement has issued 46,370 parking infractions and towed 9,637 vehicles from the city’s rush-hour routes.

Members of the media are welcome to participate in ride-a-longs with members from Parking Enforcement. To arrange a ride-along, please call Brian Moniz at 416-808-1612.

The TPS will be utilizing its Twitter account (@TorontoPolice) to highlight results of this campaign.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement

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[TPS] – Statement by Chief Mark Saunders


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Statement by Chief Mark Saunders

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 2:29 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

I want to address the events of December 28, 2016 and the case of Mr. Dafonte Miller.

As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure that transparency and trust are at the forefront of everything we do as a Service.

I would like to make the public aware of a few important details regarding who can notify the Special Investigations Unit and when. Durham Regional Police was responsible for notifying the Toronto Police Service because one of my officers was involved in an event.

As per protocol, members of my Professional Standards Unit applied the policy regarding SIU involvement with the facts they had at that time. They made their decision not to contact the SIU based on that information.

Many months later, a very different version of the events of December 28, 2016 has been presented to the SIU which required their involvement.

With the conclusion of the SIU investigation, normally, I would conduct a Section 11 investigation. However, in light the circumstances now before me, I have taken the extra step of reaching out to an independent agency to complete the Section 11 investigation.

Today, I have spoken with the Chief of Police for Waterloo Regional Police Service, and he has agreed to run the Section 11 investigation as to how the case was handled. They will look at the procedures, policies, governance and conduct.

As soon as it is lawfully possible, the report from Waterloo Regional Police Service will be released to the Toronto Police Services Board. As soon as legally possible, that report will then be made public.

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders

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[TPS] – 2017 North American Indigenous Games, Sunday, July 16, 2017 to Saturday, July 22, 2017, Road Closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

2017 North American Indigenous Games, Sunday, July 16, 2017 to Saturday, July 22, 2017, Road Closures

Sunday, July 16, 2017 – 5:00 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5045

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, the North American Indigenous Games will begin. The games will take place at venues throughout the GTA until Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The festivities will include celebrations both at the opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies of the games at York University, which include road closures as outlined below:

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, and Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 4 p.m., to midnight:

– Shoreham Drive from Murray Ross Parkway to The Pond Road

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, and Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9 p.m., to midnight:

-Murray Ross Parkway from Steeles Avenue to Shoreham Drive

-Shoreham Drive from east of Jane Street to The Pond Road

Motorists can expect delays and the TTC will be on diversion.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Michelle Flannery, Public Safety – Special Events

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[TPS] – Bloor West Village Street Festival , Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, Bloor Street West between Runnymede Road and Armadale Avenue, Road Closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Bloor West Village Street Festival , Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, Bloor Street West between Runnymede Road and Armadale Avenue, Road Closures

Friday, July 14, 2017 – 3:45 PM
11 Division
416-808-1100

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10 a.m., the Bloor West Village Street Festival will start on Bloor Street West, between Runnymede Road and Armadale Avenue.

The Festival is a family-friendly street festival, celebrating the art and culture of Bloor West Village. It features various children’s activities, carnival rides, a rock-climbing wall, a painting area, face painting, community musicians, children’s shows, food trucks, BIA vendors, an artisan market and live street performers.

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, there will be a full road closure on Bloor Street West between Runnymede Road and Armadale Avenue from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Motorists may experience delays in the area due to the road closure.
Please drive with extra caution in this area and expect parking limitations. Motorists may want to consider alternate methods of transportation to this area. TTC buses may experience delays.

The festival will take place regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Candy Graham, 11 Division

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[TPS] – Tell us what you think, Only three days left to complete mid-year community survey


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Tell us what you think, Only three days left to complete mid-year community survey

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 9:23 AM
Strategy Management
416-808-7018

As the Toronto Police Service continues on “The Way Forward” and begins to implement a new model of policing for the city that is innovative, sustainable, and affordable, it is important to know how members of the community feel about the Service and the work we are doing.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and tell us what you think. It is only available until Saturday, July 16, 2017.

To hear why surveys like this one are so important to policing, please watch this video.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Strategy Management.

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TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Please be aware of wallet and purse Thefts, and debit card Fraud


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Please be aware of wallet and purse Thefts, and debit card Fraud

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 2:39 PM
52 Division
416-808-5200

The Toronto Police Service would like to encourage the public to be aware of a recent increase in wallet and purse thefts.

It is reported that:

– wallets and purses are being stolen from people while they are distracted

– the incidents have occurred while victims were eating at restaurants and food courts

– suspects have taken advantage of victims who either hang their purses over chairs, or left wallets in the pocket of jackets which were hanging on the back of chairs

– the credit/debit cards of the victims are then immediately used to make purchases using the tap feature and, in some cases, the security access codes are changed, permitting the suspects to make withdrawals and further purchases

– some victims have lost thousands of dollars

Police are reminding the public to keep their valuable belongings in view at all times, making sure your property is always visible. Protect your security access codes while making purchases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Phillip Gayle, 52 Division

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[TPS] – Driver and motorcyclist safety reminders


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Driver and motorcyclist safety reminders

Monday, July 10, 2017 – 12:23 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods.

This initiative also supports a component of the City of Toronto – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Vision Zero is a comprehensive five-year (2017-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road-users, through a range of initiatives.

Since January 1, 2017, the Toronto Police Service has recorded 191 motorcycle-involved collisions. Toronto Police Service Traffic Services would like to remind both car drivers and motorcycle riders to exercise caution when operating their vehicles to help reduce collisions and save lives.

Motorcycle rider safety tips

1) Take a course: it’s important for you to learn how to drive a motorcycle safely and to be evaluated by an instructor. Your skill-set will develop as you learn to control the motorcycle. The motorcycle shouldn’t control you.

2) Make sure you have proper riding gear: a helmet is required by law, but riders should also think of wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, ankle boots and a jacket (even when it’s hot outside). Riding in the sun constantly drains you, and you should think about reducing road rash in case of a fall.

3) Make yourself visible: many collisions are caused by a motor vehicle turning into the path of a motorcycle driver. You want other drivers to see you. Wear a reflective vest or contrasting colours and continually try to make eye contact with drivers to be sure they’re aware of you.

4) Slow down: most fatal collisions are caused by excessive speed. Motorcycles are unstable vehicles and they have a limited grip on the road. You don’t want to lose control with excessive speed, especially around a turn.

5) Don’t ride impaired: you shouldn’t ride a motorcycle or drive a vehicle after drinking alcohol or consuming drugs, and you shouldn’t ride when you’re tired. You need 100 per cent of your attention and focus when operating a motorcycle.

6) Ride with a buddy: riding with friends allows you to occupy a full lane. This increases your visibility and you can keep an eye on one another if something goes wrong.

7) Make sure your motorcycle is properly maintained: check your vehicle frequently for general maintenance and problems. Tire pressure is especially important. The contact patches of your tires are about the size of a footprint. This small area is all that keeps you on the road. Any problems with tire pressure can be dangerous.

8) Communicate with other drivers: attempt to make eye contact with other drivers, making sure they’re aware of you and your movements. Consider using hand signals prior to turning or changing lanes as indicator lights on motorcycles are very small. Also, if you’re comfortable with a specific group of cars, stay with them.

9) Scan the road: many collisions are caused when cars turn into the path of motorcycles or come out of driveways. If you’re aware of what’s happening around you, you can avoid dangerous situations. Your head should be moving, checking your mirrors, and your eyes constantly scanning the road when riding on a motorcycle.

10) Refresh your skills: no matter how long you have been riding, you will be rusty after a few months. Your skills and association with a motorcycle deteriorate quickly when not riding, even for a short period of time. Take a refresher course if it’s been a while since you’ve ridden. Ask yourself, can I improve? Am I the best and safest driver I can be?

Car driver safety tips for motorcycles

Here are some general rules to keep in mind the next time you share the road with motorcycles.

1) Follow the five-second rule: increase your driving distance when you find yourself behind a motorcycle and maintain a space or distance equivalent to at least five seconds.

2) Adjust your driving for poor or inclement weather: inclement weather is even more hazardous for a motorcycle rider than it is for a car driver. If a motorcycle is ahead of you, anticipate the rider might face challenges that you may not give them extra space.

3) Look before you turn: most often, when a vehicle makes a left or right turn, and is involved in a collision, the driver often states they did not see the motorcyclist. The reality is they should have. Take a second or third look before making that turn. Adjust your turn so you can see past any obstructions preventing you from making sure the road is clear. As drivers, you are responsible for all movements made by your vehicle.

3) Check your blind spots often: since motorcycles are much smaller than cars, it’s that much easier for them to slip into your blind spot – especially when they’re attempting to pass you. Don’t be a lazy driver. Check your blind spots regularly and, in particular, before starting a lane change.

4) Be a co-operative driver: this tip goes for all kinds of safe driving. Just be courteous. All road-users make mistakes. Don’t make a mistake that will cost someone their life. Communicating with other road-users so both your actions and theirs will be known, helps reduce the chances of a collision.

Safe operation, regardless of the type of vehicle a person operates, is critical to the safety of all road-users. Together we can make the roads safer by following all the rules.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Internet transactions, How to protect yourself online


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Internet transactions, How to protect yourself online

Wednesday, July 5, 201712:29 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to remind the public to be careful when buying or selling merchandise through online classified advertisements.

Safety tips to help you complete your transaction online:

– meet the person in a safe public space to complete the transaction

– tell a friend or family member that you are going to meet someone for a purchase or a sale

– if you can, bring a family member or friend with you

– review all emails and addresses to ensure they are not fake

– search the name of the person you’re going to meet, or the name of the business, online to see if anyone has reported that person or business as fraudulent

– read the advertisement completely

– fake websites will have spelling errors and links that do not function, or bad grammar

– do not make the deal outside of the website the item is being sold on (some websites offer money-back guarantees)

– make sure you read the entire policy of the website before you buy or sell merchandise

– do not provide personal information to anyone over the internet

– do not send money to receive money

– do not wire money to an individual

– do not meet the person at your home

For more information about online scams, click here.

This is not a complete list of precautions that you can take and does not ensure that you will not be defrauded. This will, however, reduce the likelihood of falling for a scam.

For more generalized information about frauds, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mickael Ferreira, 14 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

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[TPS] – Holiday on-street parking enforcement


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday on-street parking enforcement

Saturday, July 1, 20179:16 AM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Canada Day public holiday on Saturday, July 1, 2017, and also on the observed Canada Day holiday on Monday, July 3, 2017:

– Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas
– Rush-Hour Routes
– Posted signs indicating Monday-to-Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offenses will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Acting Officer-in-Charge, Parking Enforcement Operations

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[TPS] – Doctor charged in Sexual Assault investigation, Stephen Strigler, 57, Photograph released


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Doctor charged in Sexual Assault investigation, Stephen Strigler, 57, Photograph released

Tuesday, June 27, 20172:02 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation.

It is alleged that:

– a patient was sexually assaulted by her doctor during treatment

– the doctor is a physician at 720 Spadina Avenue

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dr. Stephen Strigler, 57, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Sexual Assault

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Friday, August 4, 2017, 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Tara Whalley, 14 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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[TPS] – Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.,

Friday, June 23, 20176:47 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5048

On Saturday June 24, 2017, the annual Pride and Remembrance Run will take place at 10 a.m. The event will consist of a 5km road race and walk.

Road closures will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. as follows:

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
Wellesley Street East from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
Wellesley Street East from Yonge Street to Queen’s Park Crescent East
Queen’s Park Crescent (East and West) from Bloor Street West to College Street

The TTC will experience minor disruptions to some surface routes.

Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Special Events

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[TPS] – TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Friday, June 23, 2017, to Monday, July 3, 2017, Road closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Friday, June 23, 2017, to Monday, July 3, 2017, Road closures

Wednesday, June 21, 20176:55 AM
53 Division
416-808-5300

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will be taking place throughout the downtown core from Friday, June 23, 2017, to Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Most of the events are held indoors however, on Saturday, June 24, 2017, they will be moving their outdoor concerts to the Yorkville area until Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Road closures: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m., until Monday, June 26, 2017, 6 a.m.:

– Yorkville Avenue, from Bellair Street to 101 Yorkville Avenue

– Bellair Street, from Yorkville Avenue to Cumberland Street

Yorkville Avenue, from 101 Yorkville Avenue to Avenue Road, will be converted to a two-way street during these times.

Additional road closure: Monday, June 26, 2017, 6 a.m., until Monday, July 3, 2017, 6 a.m.:

– Hazelton Avenue, from Scollard Street to Yorkville Avenue

The event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Kathleen Elliott, 53 Division

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[TPS] – Taste of Little Italy, Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017, Road closures


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Taste of Little Italy, Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017, Road closures

Thursday, June 15, 20175:59 AM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The 18th annual Taste of Little Italy will be held from Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017.

This three-day street festival is expected to draw approximately 250,000 people.

As a result, road closures will take place from Friday, June 16, 2017, at 6 p.m., to Monday, June 19, 2017, at 3 a.m.:

– College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street

Palmerston Boulevard, Clinton Street and Montrose Avenue, just north of College Street, will also be closed from Friday, June 16, 2017, at 3 p.m., to Monday, June 19, 2017, at 3 a.m.

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

TTC will not be operating within these boundaries during the road closures.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable David Shepard, 14 Division Planning/Training

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[TPS] – Toronto Helmet Initiative, “Always Wear Your Helmet” video released


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Helmet Initiative, “Always Wear Your Helmet” video released

Monday, May 29, 20175:29 AM
12 Division
416-808-1200

The Toronto Helmet Initiative (THI) has launched a video to help ensure children are wearing properly fitted helmets using the 2-V-1 rule: Two fingers above your eyebrows to bottom of the helmet. Form a V-shape with the straps meeting below your ears. One finger under the strap below your chin.

Watch the video.

The THI steering committee is made up of representatives from the Hospital for Sick Children, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Toronto Public Health, who promote the safe use of helmets and increase their use for all Torontonians – starting with children.

While everyone is encouraged to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, rollerblades or on any wheeled device, anyone under 18 is required to do so by law. The parents of children 16 or under are required to ensure they are wearing helmets.

Learn more about helmet safety by clicking here.

Media inquiries: Constable Peter De Quintal via email at peter.dequintal@torontopolice.on.ca

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Constable Peter De Quintal, 12 Division

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[TPS] – Holiday parking enforcement, Monday, May 22, 2017


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday parking enforcement, Monday, May 22, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 20176:59 AM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-1612

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Victoria Day public holiday on Monday, May 22, 2017:

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas

• Rush-Hour Routes

• Posted signs indicating Monday-to-Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement

There are no files attached to this release.

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7 a.m., Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Canada Road Safety Week kick-off


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7 a.m., Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Canada Road Safety Week kick-off

Monday, May 15, 20177:08 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 7 a.m., at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police, Halton Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police, and the Durham Regional Police Service, will be launching the annual Canada Road Safety Week campaign. These Greater Toronto Police Services will target the “Big 4 killers” on our roads: impaired operation by alcohol or drug, failure or improper use of seatbelts, distracted and aggressive driving.

Officers will be conducting targeted traffic enforcement in and around the City of Toronto, on Highways 427 and 401, the Don Valley Parkway, the Gardiner Expressway, as well as city streets.

Canada Road Safety Week is a national traffic safety and enforcement initiative conducted in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and police services from across Canada. This co-ordinated effort between policing agencies is aiming to achieve the goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world. This seven-day campaign begins on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and runs until Monday, May 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem on our roads which puts other road-users at risk. Special attention will be paid to those drivers who continue to display a total disregard for other users of the road by using hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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[TPS] – Investigation into Assault on Parking Enforcement Officer, College Street and Manning Avenue area, Man, 56, charged


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Investigation into Assault on Parking Enforcement Officer, College Street and Manning Avenue area, Man, 56, charged

Friday, May 12, 20171:15 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of an arrest in an investigation into an Assault on a Parking Enforcement Officer.

It is alleged that:

– on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., a Parking Enforcement Officer was enforcing municipal by-laws on Manning Avenue near College Street

– the officer was in the process of writing a ticket for a vehicle parked illegally on Manning Avenue

– he was approached by a man who identified himself as the owner of the vehicle

– the officer explained the circumstances under which he was issuing the ticket

– when the officer attempted to serve the ticket, the man pushed the officer, causing him to fall to the ground

Police were called.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Victor Carvalho, 56, of Toronto was arrested. He has been charged with:

1) Assault Peace Officer

He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement

There are no files attached to this release.

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TPS] – Missing boy, Baycrest Avenue and Neptune Drive, Oyindamola “Malcolm” Omotosho, 15


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing boy, Baycrest Avenue and Neptune Drive, Oyindamola “Malcolm” Omotosho, 15

Saturday, April 29, 20177:17 AM
31 Division
416-808-3100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing boy.

Oyindamola “Malcolm” Omotosho, 15, was last seen on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in the Baycrest Avenue and Neptune Drive area.

He is described as 5’6″, 150 lbs., thin build, with short, black hair, and brown eyes. He wears prescription glasses.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Dustin Wilkins, 31 Division

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[TPS] – Wanted Federal Inmate, Trevor Moore, 34


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Wanted Federal Inmate, Trevor Moore, 34

Friday, April 28, 20173:45 PM
Provincial R.O.P.E. Squad
416-808-5900

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for allegedly breaching parole.

Trevor Moore is described as 34, 6’4″, 249 lbs., he has a tattoo on the left side of his neck, a full sleeve tattoo on his left arm and a picture of the Devil tattooed on his right upper arm.

He is currently serving a 2 year and 7 month sentence for Possession For The Purpose Of Trafficking a Narcotic and Possession of Property Obtained By Crime.

He is known to frequent the Toronto area. He is considered violent. If he is seen, do not approach, immediately contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673), Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Steve Sermet, Provincial R.O.P.E. Squad

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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[TPS] – Police Cars Reaching End of Lifecycle, Opportunity to Engage on New, Fresh Design, Survey Open Until May 9, 2017


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Police Cars Reaching End of Lifecycle, Opportunity to Engage on New, Fresh Design, Survey Open Until May 9, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 8:06 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

As of today, members of the public are invited to complete an online survey and influence the next design of frontline cars.

The Toronto Police Service has more than 700 cars used for frontline policing and as they reach the end of their lifecycles, they need to be replaced. The current design – white with red and blue stripes – has been around since the mid-80’s.

It’s time for a change.

Available until May 9, 2017, the survey can be accessed here. Please take the time and share your opinions with us.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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[TPS] – Missing woman located, Queen Street East and Leslie Street area, Mui Ly, 92


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing woman located, Queen Street East and Leslie Street area, Mui Ly, 92

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 9:29 PM
55 Division
416-808-5500

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance locating a missing woman.

Mui Ly, 92, was last seen on Friday, April 14, 2017, at 8 a.m., in the Queen Street East and Leslie Street area.

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She was located on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable John Blair, 55 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

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