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[TPS] – Hate Bias investigation, Beecroft Road and Ellerslie Avenue area

In Writing (all kinds) on February 21, 2017 at 1:44 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Hate Bias investigation, Beecroft Road and Ellerslie Avenue area

Tuesday, February 21, 201710:53 AM
32 Division
416-808-3200

On Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 8:57 p.m., the Toronto Police Service received a call for a Mischief at an apartment building in the Beecroft Road and Ellerslie Avenue area.

It is reported that:

– several residents of the building had notes attached to their doors

– these notes contained racial comments toward the residents

– the mezuzah (a Jewish religious symbol) was taken off several doors

It is being investigated as a Hate Bias crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Paul Pabla, 32 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Monday, February 20, 2017 – Sunday, February 26, 2017. Distracted Driving Campaign, “That Text or Call Could End It All”

In Writing (all kinds) on February 19, 2017 at 8:09 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Monday, February 20, 2017 – Sunday, February 26, 2017. Distracted Driving Campaign, “That Text or Call Could End It All”

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 6:59 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

From Monday, February 20, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017, Toronto Police Service Traffic Services will conduct “That Text or Call Could End It All,” a campaign targeting distracted driving.

This one-week initiative will highlight all dangerous activities associated with drivers who talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held communication and entertainment devices. This campaign will incorporate the use of a hearse and both stealth and fully marked police vehicles.

All police officers will be paying special attention to those drivers who choose to drive while distracted. Distracted driving is any action that a driver engages in that takes their focus away from the safe operation of their vehicle. It includes, but is not limited to, the use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices. Distracted drivers are a safety risk to themselves and other road-users. The Toronto Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone using the roads in and around our city.

The use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving is known to distract drivers from driving safely. Legislation is in place which has created specific offences for this driving behaviour.

Since 2011 the Toronto Police Service has laid over 109,000 charges for offences related to distracted driving.

The campaign will be officially launched on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Toronto Police Service Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Explosion in apartment unit, 105 West Lodge Avenue, Man, 43, and woman, 53, charged

In Writing (all kinds) on February 19, 2017 at 1:03 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Explosion in apartment unit, 105 West Lodge Avenue, Man, 43, and woman, 53, charged

Sunday, February 19, 201711:50 AM
11 Division
416-808-1100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of two arrests in an investigation into an explosion in an apartment unit of a residential high-rise building.

It is alleged that:

– on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 15:16 p.m., police received several calls for an explosion at 105 West Lodge Avenue

– members of the public reported that they had observed a significant blast in one of units on the top floor

– there was significant property damage in the apartment unit and at ground level there was a large debris field in the centre of the West Lodge apartment complex

– a man and a woman inside the premises received non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital

– as a result of the investigation, it was determined that the cause of the explosion was related to the mishandling of combustibles for the production of drug derivatives

– the injured were the occupants of the unit

– there were no other injuries

Rachelle Moore, 53, and Ararat Abryamyan, 43, both of Toronto, have been arrested. They have each been charged with:

1) Negligent Arson
2) Common Nuisance
3) Possession of Schedule II substance
4) Production of Schedule II substance

They are scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Stephanie Paraskevopulos, 11 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Assistance sought with multi-jurisdictional Sexual Assault investigation

In Writing (all kinds) on February 15, 2017 at 4:59 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Assistance sought with multi-jurisdictional Sexual Assault investigation

Wednesday, February 15, 20173:44 PM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7400

Sexual Assault investigators with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Toronto Police Service (TPS) are seeking the public’s assistance with an ongoing multi-jurisdictional Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

– on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at approximately 1 a.m., in the Dufferin Street and Rogers Road area of Toronto, a 23-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man, dragged into a laneway, and sexually assaulted

At that time, the man was described as brown, mid-20s, 5’5″ – 5’6″, with a slight beard. He was wearing a black baseball hat, a black, zippered, hooded sweater with white drawstrings, black T-shirt and black baggy jeans.

It is further reported that:

– on January 1, 2017, at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers from the Collingwood OPP Detachment responded to a report that a woman was pulled into a vehicle by a man and sexually assaulted

– the incident occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m., on Birch Street at Second Street in Collingwood

From the investigation that followed, OPP investigators have determined that the man is described as brown, late-20s-to-early-30s, average build with a large mid-section, thin beard, 5’6’ – 5’7”, wearing a blue T-shirt, black pants and a black baseball cap with a white logo.

He was driving a 2005-2010 four-door silver/gray or tan sedan with black steel rims.

Police from Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes and the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch have begun a joint investigation into these sexual assaults.

Anyone with information about this man is asked to contact the investigating police services or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.222tips.com.

If you have been sexually assaulted, police are asking you to please come forward and make a report by calling the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222 or, if you live in a community policed by the OPP, please call 1-888-310-1122.

For more information and resources, including the TPS Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors, please visit the OPP’s website and the TPS Sex Crimes website.

Contacts:

Provincial Constable Martin Hachey
Ontario Provincial Police
705-445-4321

Meaghan Gray
Toronto Police Service
416-808-7095

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Anne-Marie Bishop, Sex Crimes

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2017 at 4:12 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

Monday, February 13, 20172:32 PM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-7100

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 April 1, 2017 to June 3, 2017. There will be no classes on holiday weekends.

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 at www.tps.on.ca/police-academy.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Inspector David Rydzik, Divisional Policing Support Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Célébration du Mois de l’histoire des noirs du Service de police de Toronto

In Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2017 at 7:42 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Célébration du Mois de l’histoire des noirs du Service de police de Toronto

Monday, February 13, 2017 – 5:02 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-0104

Le Service de Police de Toronto sera l’hôte de la Célébration du Mois de l’histoire des noirs qui aura lieu Lundi, le 13 février à 11 heures, à l’Institut collégiale C.W. Jefferys situé au 340, rue Sentinel.

Le thème de la Célébration du Mois de l’histoire des noirs cette année sera « Inspired to Achieve». Cette célébration rendra hommage aux jeunes. À travers nos jeunes, nous voyons de l’inspiration, de grand talents et des futurs leaders.

Plusieurs dignitaires incluant Maire John Tory, Ken Jeffers, Membre de la Commission de Services policiers de Toronto, Chef Mark Saunders et des membres de la communauté participeront dans la célébration.
Cet événement mettra en vedette MC Bonde, Belinda Kamshuka, photographe et entrepreneure ainsi que les élèves de l’Institut collégiale C.W. Jefferys.
Il y aura une réception informelle par la suite.
Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter Constable Isabelle Cotton à Isabelle.Cotton@torontopolice.on.ca ou au (416) 808−0121.

Veuillez télécharger l’application du Service de Police de Toronto pour iOS iOS or ou Android.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Isabelle Cotton, Divisional Policing Support Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Homicide #9/1983, Graham Hugh Pearce, 36, Homicide cold case resolved

In Writing (all kinds) on January 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Homicide #9/1983, Graham Hugh Pearce, 36, Homicide cold case resolved

Friday, January 13, 201711:49 AM
11 Division
416-808-7400

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of a resolution of the investigation into Homicide #9/1983.

On Sunday, March 20, 1983, at 12:40 p.m., officers responded to a call at an apartment within 35 High Park Avenue.

Officers arrived to find the lifeless body of a man. He was later identified at Graham Hugh Pearce, 36, of Toronto.

A post-mortem examination was conducted and the cause of death was exsanguination, the result of a stab wound.

Investigators from Homicide – Cold Case section reviewed the case and, as a result, a Person of Interest was identified. It was determined that the Person of Interest had died in 2001.

Had this Person of Interest been alive today, he would have been arrested and charged with the murder. As this person is now deceased, the Toronto Police Service will not identify him.

This cold case is now considered resolved.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant, Homicide – Cold Case

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM
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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Police request assistance with Fraud Over $5000 investigation, Mortgage Fraud

In Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2016 at 12:32 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Police request assistance with Fraud Over $5000 investigation, Mortgage Fraud

Friday, December 30, 201611:26 AM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7350

The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit is requesting the public’s assistance identifying two suspects in a mortgage fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

– during the month of September 2015, a man and a woman attended a mortgage broker’s office in the Warden Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East

– they applied for a second mortgage on a property in the amount of $200,000

– the mortgage broker was able to find financing through a mortgage lender and a second mortgage was registered on the home

– they received $200,000 through their real estate lawyer

– several months after the mortgage was registered, the real homeowner was served court documents advising him that he was being sued by the mortgage lender for non-payment of the mortgage

The real homeowner called the police and reported the mortgage fraud.

It is further alleged that the man and woman in this investigation used fake identification to personate the real homeowners.

Police are requesting the public’s assistance identifying them in this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Adkin Holder, Financial Crimes Unit

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – TPS Officer Charged

In Writing (all kinds) on December 29, 2016 at 2:49 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS Officer Charged

Thursday, December 29, 20161:08 PM
Professional Standards
416-808-2800

A Toronto Police Service officer has been criminally charged.

Detective Constable Kirk Blake, 46, with 16 years’ service, is a member of the Guns & Gangs Task Force.

It is alleged that:

– on September 19, 2016, Detective Constable Blake attended the Scarborough Courthouse, located at 1911 Eglington Avenue East, as a witness to a matter related to his duties

– after completing his court appearance, Detective Constable Blake left the police office, forgetting his wallet behind

– the wallet was found by another Toronto Police officer

– the wallet was checked for identification and a small quantity of cocaine was discovered within the wallet

– the cocaine was unrelated to Detective Constable Blake’s official duties.

Toronto Police Service Professional Standards Unit started a criminal investigation.

On Thursday, December 29, 2016, Detective Constable Blake was charged with:

1) Possession of Narcotic (Cocaine) CDSA Section 4(1)

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Edward Boyd, Professional Standards

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Diosdado Destacamentio, 45, faces two charges in historical Sexual Interference investigation, Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East area

In Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Diosdado Destacamentio, 45, faces two charges in historical Sexual Interference investigation, Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East area

Friday, December 23, 201610:40 AM
42 Division
416-808-4200

The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to an arrest in a historical Sexual Interference investigation.

It is alleged that:

– in 1996, a 5-6-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East

It is further alleged that:

– in 2004, the same girl, then 14-15, was sexually assaulted by the same man in the Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East area

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, Diosdado Destacamentio, 45, of Toronto, was arrested. He was charged with:

1) two counts of Sexual Interference

He was scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Friday, December 23, 2016, 10 a.m., room 412.

He is described as 5’6″, 135 lbs., with black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Joanne Bortoluss, 42 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on December 20, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on December 19, 2016 at 9:17 AM
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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – 2016-2017 Toronto Police Service Winter Driving Campaign, Collision Reporting Centre information and winter-driving tips

In Writing (all kinds) on December 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

2016-2017 Toronto Police Service Winter Driving Campaign, Collision Reporting Centre information and winter-driving tips

Thursday, December 15, 201611:35 AM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be identified as a Service priority. The Toronto Police Service would like to remind drivers of the impending change of road conditions as a result of the winter storm moving into the city. The Service would like to offer drivers some winter-driving tips to make your commute safer.

“Winter is approaching, whether we like it or not. Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly. You need to plan ahead, adjust your speed and be prepared for a sudden change in traffic flows or road conditions. These simple changes to your driving behaviour could prevent a tragedy from occurring and get you home safely to your family,” said Superintendent Gord Jones of TPS Traffic Services.

The Toronto Police Service would like to remind drivers of the Collision Reporting Centres in the City of Toronto.

There are two Toronto Centres to serve you:

North Collision Reporting Centre: 113 Toryork Drive, North York
(416) 808-2222
Open seven days a week all year, 6 a.m. to midnight

Est Collision Reporting Centre: 39 Howden Road, Scarborough
(416) 808-2222
Open seven days a week all year, 6 a.m. to midnight

If you are involved in a collision, “Steer It, Clear It”

When to “Steer It, Clear It”:
• if there is only minor damage and the vehicle is driveable
• there are no injuries
• there is not significant debris on the roadway

Why “Steer It Clear It”:
• reduces the likelihood of a secondary collision and potential for injury by 20%
• reduces the length of time that a collision remains on the road by up to 65%
• reduces congestion, fuel consumption and the impact on the environment

What you should do:
• remove vehicle from the travel lanes
• get name, phone number, driver licence the and insurance information, make, model and year of vehicle
• go to one of the of the two Collision Reporting Centres in Toronto within 24 hours

Create a driver’s emergency kit. Your kit should include winter gloves, booster cables, shovel, container of windshield washer, first-aid kit, flashlight, snow brush, candles, safety vest, water bottles and granola bars or non-perishable high-energy foods. Put the kit in the trunk of your car.

Check weather and road conditions often
– choosing the route ahead of time will help you be prepared and will ensure you know what to expect before you head out on the road.

Keep a safe distance behind snow plows
– if you find yourself behind a snow plow, remember, the plows are there to help clear the snow and improve road conditions for you. By maintaining a safe distance, you ensure there is enough time for you to react to any change in traffic flows. Snow-clearing operations can create clouds of snow that can substantially reduce your visibility.

Slow down and give yourself extra travel time
– drive according to the road and weather conditions. Posted speed limits are for a clear and dry day, not a snowy day.

Clear snow and ice from your vehicle
– make sure you clean all windows, mirrors, lights and the roof of your vehicle. Wait for any fogged windows to clear so your visibility isn’t reduced and you are able to operate your vehicle safely.

Wear comfortable clothes
– it’s a good idea to layer up in the winter time, but having too many layers can restrict your movement and make it difficult to check your blind spot or operate your motor vehicle safely. Oversized boots could cause your feet to become stuck by the accelerator or brake pedals.

Keep a full gas tank
– quite often, drivers are commuting to and from Toronto with minimal amounts of fuel in their vehicles. Drivers who run their vehicles out of gas cause further traffic delays and also place themselves in danger when the vehicle has come to a stop in live lanes of traffic.

Keep emergency numbers handy and travel with a fully charged cellphone
– the non-emergency number for the Toronto Police Service is 416-808-2222. For provincial highway conditions, go to www.ontario.ca/511 or call 511.

Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads
– it’s easy to lose control of your vehicle in bad weather if you use cruise control.

Figure out the best way to recover from a skid for your vehicle
– how your vehicle responds to a skid depends on whether it has rear-wheel, front-wheel or four-wheel drive. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), learn how to use it correctly.

The technology in your vehicle is advanced
– driver behaviour in some cases can exceed the capability of your vehicle’s safety systems and road conditions. Slow down and give yourself extra space and time to react in case something occurs.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at: Twitter

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on December 10, 2016 at 7:01 AM
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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, First carfentanil seizure for Toronto Drug Squa

In Writing (all kinds) on December 7, 2016 at 3:56 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, First carfentanil seizure for Toronto Drug Squad

Wednesday, December 7, 20162:52 PM
Drug Squad
416-808-6100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of the first seizure in Toronto of the drug carfentanil.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the Drug Analysis Service Laboratories Regulatory Operations Branch of Health Canada confirmed the presence of carfentanil in recently submitted substances purported to be heroin, but tested positive for cocaine, caffeine and carfentanil.

Carfentanil is fatal in small doses and has a quantitative potency approximately 10,000 times that of morphine and 100 times that of fentanyl. It has been been associated to overdose deaths across Canada. Carfentanil is an opioid that is used to sedate large animals and is not for human consumption.

Carfentanil cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste.

Anyone coming across an unknown substance is asked not to handle it, but to contact police at 416-808-2222.

For further information on fentanyl, please refer to the Fentanyl Safety for First Responders website and the Face The Fentanyl website.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for A/Inspector Steve Watts, Toronto Drug Squad

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Statement from Chief Mark Saunders

In Writing (all kinds) on November 10, 2016 at 4:16 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Statement from Chief Mark Saunders

Thursday, November 10, 20163:07 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

As I meet with the people of the city at many events, including numerous town halls, among the subjects that are raised, the new look of our police cars has come up often. There are people who like them. There are people who don’t like them.

The concern that has been expressed has convinced me that further work is necessary.

I have decided to stop the rollout of the new-look police cars immediately. We will not be ordering any new gray police cars. We will set up opportunities for consultation, before we go any further.

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on November 6, 2016 at 7:41 PM
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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Dishwashing pods placed in trick-or-treat bags

In Writing (all kinds) on November 2, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Dishwashing pods placed in trick-or-treat bags

Wednesday, November 2, 201610:44 AM
12 Division
416-808-1200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a quantity of dishwashing pods that were placed into children’s trick-or-treat bags.

It was reported that:

– on Monday, October 31, 2016, in the evening, children were trick-or-treating with their parents in the Prescott Avenue, Blackthorn Avenue and Rockwell Avenue areas

– upon returning home, dishwashing pods were discovered in the children’s bags

The pods could be harmful, if ingested, especially to children. If swallowed, detergent in even small amounts can be caustic and cause burns to the mouth, throat and airways.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1200, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Greg Falconer, 12 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Media advisory, 13 Halloween safety tips

In Writing (all kinds) on October 31, 2016 at 1:54 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, 13 Halloween safety tips

Monday, October 31, 201612:23 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

There’s more to Halloween than trick-or-treating and the Toronto Police Service would like to remind everyone of the need for safety this Halloween.

Some things you may not think of include costume safety, candy cautions, trick-or-treat best practices and driver safety. Below are some of the things that the Toronto Police Service would like to remind everyone about.

1) Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes to make them more visible to drivers.

2) Your child’s costume shouldn’t drag on the ground — it’s too easy to trip over. Shoes should be well-fitting and sturdy.

3) Don’t allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives, and any other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

4) If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough so that he or she can see.

5) Make sure that treat bags are light-coloured for easy visibility. Decorate them with reflective tape.

6) No child should go trick-or-treating alone. Always accompany your younger children; older children can go in groups.

7) Allow children to go trick-or-treating early but avoid the evening rush hour. It’s harder for motorists to see clearly during twilight than at any other time of day.

8) Give children specific neighbourhood boundaries for trick-or-treating. Set a firm curfew for your children.

9) Remind children to walk on sidewalks and be cautious when crossing streets.

10) Tell children to only go to homes and neighbours they know and only to houses with lights on.

11) Tell children to turn down all invitations to enter homes. Period.

12) Tell children to avoid even normally friendly neighbourhood dogs, who can be startled by kids they know but who are dressed in unfamiliar costumes.

13) Drivers must remember that children may be preoccupied with trick-or-treating and, as a result, may not be paying attention to the rules of the road. Keep vehicle speeds at or below the posted limits, and scan the road for children attempting to cross streets mid-block.

Help the Toronto Police Service make this Halloween a safe and happy one.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Pedestrian Safety Awareness

In Writing (all kinds) on October 21, 2016 at 1:26 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Pedestrian Safety Awareness

Friday, October 21, 201612:58 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Pedestrian safety initiatives, delivered by the Toronto Police Service, are designed to promote cooperative safety strategies, with members of our communities, using awareness, education and enforcement.

Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 50% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. To date, 35 pedestrians have lost their lives in Toronto this year. Inclement weather and dark conditions can lead to a decrease in visibility for both drivers and pedestrians.

These environmental factors can increase the risk of injuries when poor walking or driving behaviours are routinely demonstrated.

Pedestrian Safety:

Senior citizens are over-represented in pedestrian fatalities and injuries according to recent safety data. Seniors often get hit within a step or two from the curb, stepping out from behind a parked car, or by being caught out in traffic. While motorists are at fault in many pedestrian collisions, statistics show pedestrians sometimes contribute to the collision by:

– not choosing the safest places to cross
– not paying attention to traffic
– not being aware of the timing of traffic lights and pedestrian walk/don’t walk signals
– underestimating the time needed to cross safely

To reduce injuries, practice these safe walking tips:

– follow the directions of all traffic signs and signals

– be aware of your surroundings, make sure that you can hear what’s going on around you

– wear reflective or bright-coloured clothing, when possible, to increase your visibility to other road-users (dress children in reflective or bright-coloured clothes where possible as well)

– always make sure you have a clear view of all vehicles, and make yourself visible to the drivers

– be aware of traffic signals, but never completely rely on them. While in the crosswalk, pedestrians should continue to be alert to oncoming traffic at all times

– always use pedestrian crosswalks to cross the road. Do not cross diagonally or from between parked vehicles (mid-block). Since drivers are not expecting pedestrians to cross mid-block, risk of injury is much higher if you do so

– wait for a fresh traffic signal. Do not start crossing once the countdown or flashing hand begins when possible, make eye contact with the drivers before beginning to cross the road. Drivers must be able to see you, in order to avoid you. Do not assume drivers can see you or that they are paying attention

– if you must walk on the roadway, walk facing traffic and as close to the curb as possible

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on October 20, 2016 at 9:18 AM
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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – TPS civilian charged, Update, Further investigation leads to 22 new charges

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2016 at 1:35 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS civilian charged, Update, Further investigation leads to 22 new charges

Wednesday, October 19, 20161:31 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the TPS posted a news release which said that Erin Maranan, 28, a temporary civilian clerk with the Forensic Identification Service of the Toronto Police Service, with three years’ service, was charged with two counts of Breach of Trust.

It was alleged that:

– in February 2014 and September 2014, she committed a Breach of Trust by conducting unauthorized queries of the police database(s)

– these searches were not for official police business

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, as a result of further investigation, Erin Maranan, 28, of Thornhill, was charged with:

1) 20 counts of Breach of Trust
2) Perjury
3) Personation

She is scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:30 p.m., room 206.

The investigation was carried out by TPS Professional Standards.

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Operation Northern Spotlight – Phase 5, Nationwide Human Trafficking investigation, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016, Results

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Operation Northern Spotlight – Phase 5, Nationwide Human Trafficking investigation, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016, Results

Tuesday, October 18, 201610:40 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team took part in the fifth enforcement initiative of Operation Northern Spotlight into vulnerable persons, particularly young women, being forced into the sex trade against their will.

A collaborative multi-jurisdictional initiative took place from Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016. This project includes involvement and coordination with municipal and federal police agencies across the country, and includes the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As part of Operation Northern Spotlight, members of 53 police services from across Canada, plus the FBI in the United States, directly engaged with people suspected of working in the sex trade, potentially against their will. During coordinated investigations over a six-day period, police charged 32 people with 78 offences. Police were also able to ensure the safety of 16 people who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will, including numerous people 16 and under. A total of 391 police officers and support staff engaged with 379 people and offered them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.

Charges include:
– Trafficking in Persons under 18
– Trafficking in Persons
– Procure Sexual Services under 18
– Procure Sexual Services
– Receive Material Benefit under 18
– Receive Material Benefit
– Communicate for the Purpose of Obtaining for Consideration the Sexual Services of a Person
– Exercise Control
– Make Child Pornography
– Distribute Child Pornography
– Possess Child Pornography
– Child Luring
– Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services
– Assault
– Obstruct Police
– Resist Arrest
– Weapons Dangerous
– various Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) offences
– Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation

The following Ontario police services participated in this phase of Operation Northern Spotlight: Amherstburg Police Service, Akwesasne Police Service, Barrie Police Service, Brantford Police Service, Brockville Police Service, Chatham-Kent Police Service, Cobourg Police Service, Cornwall Community Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Gananoque Police Service, Guelph Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Kingston Police Service, LaSalle Police Service, London Police Service, Midland Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Orangeville Police Service, Ottawa Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Peterborough Police Service, Port Hope Police Service, Rama Police Service, RCMP, Sarnia Police Service, Six Nations Police Service, St. Thomas Police Service, Stratford Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police S ervice, Windsor Police Service, and York Regional Police. Seventeen additional police services and several RCMP municipal detachments across Canada also participated in Operation Northern Spotlight.

Human Trafficking is a local, provincial and national problem that affects the most vulnerable in society. Operation Northern Spotlight demonstrates the need to work together with other police services and community partners to effectively investigate these heinous crimes.

Police would like to encourage all affected people to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

Human Trafficking means every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose. Victims can be men, women or children; can be Canadian citizens; and can be moved across local, provincial or national borders. They can be coerced through violence or the threat of violence against family and friends. The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team of TPS Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes website.

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 Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

There are no files attached to this release.


[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, June Callwood Park, Loose razor blades left in park

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2016 at 9:17 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, June Callwood Park, Loose razor blades left in park

Monday, October 17, 2016 – 8:40 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to warn the public of a safety concern at June Callwood Park.

On Monday, October 17, 2016, at 5:40 p.m., officers responded to a suspicious incident at June Callwood Park.

It is reported that:

– a woman was walking her dog in the park

– she noticed a number of loose razor blades scattered throughout the park

– the razor blades have been mixed in with the gravel

– she reports that this has occurred a number of times over the past week

There have been no injuries reported in these incidents.

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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Viv Meik, 14 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Man wanted in Sexual Assault and Robbery investigation, Christie Street and Dupont Street area, Investigators looking for driver who stopped attack

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Man wanted in Sexual Assault and Robbery investigation, Christie Street and Dupont Street area, Investigators looking for driver who stopped attack

Monday, October 17, 201610:34 AM
13 Division
416-808-1300

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance identifying and locating a man wanted in a Sexual Assault and Robbery investigation.

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 3:08 a.m., officers responded to a call for a Sexual Assault in theChristie Street and Dupont Street area.

It is reported that:

– a 28-year-old woman was walking under the CN Rail bridge at 2 a.m.,

– she passed a man standing under the bridge

– the man tried to grab her purse

– she screamed, he covered her mouth

– he sexually assaulted her and stole her purse

– he released her when a car travelling past flashed their high-beams

The man is described as black, dark complexion, medium build, late 20s to early 30s, wearing a grey hoodie.

Investigators would like to speak with the person who interrupted the sexual assault by flashing their high-beams, while travelling northbound on Christie Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Jason Albanese, 13 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Public assistance sought locating stolen one-of-a-kind goalie mask, St. Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road area

In Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public assistance sought locating stolen one-of-a-kind goalie mask, St. Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road area

Monday, October 3, 20162:35 PM
12 Division
416-808-1200

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Toronto Police Service responded to a call for a Theft from a residential garage in theSt. Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road area.

It is reported that:

– the person(s) entered the garage during the night

– the person(s) rummaged through the garage and located a custom-designed goalie mask

– the person(s) stole the mask and fled in an unknown direction

The stolen goalie mask is a one-of-a-kind item. The artwork was commissioned by the owner.

Police are seeking information on the theft and the location of this mask.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1200, 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Scott Bradbury, 12 Division

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 13, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

TPS] – The death of Chief William McCormack, Statements from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders, Visitation and funeral details

In Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

The death of Chief William McCormack, Statements from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders, Visitation and funeral details

Thursday, September 8, 20164:57 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the passing of Chief William McCormack:

On behalf of the Toronto Police Service, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief William McCormack, who passed away earlier this afternoon at the age of 83.

Chief McCormack served as a proud member of what was then known as the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force for 35 years, including his tenure as Chief between 1989 and 1995.

During his time as Chief, he was responsible for implementing our Ceremonial Unit, a tradition that proudly lives on and is considered an honoured symbol of the Toronto Police Service.

During his retirement, he continued to be a proud ambassador for the Service by attending various events and showing his pride in policing.

I know there are many members serving today who fondly remember their time under Chief McCormack’s command.

I am one of them.

His legacy will live on, both in the community and within the Toronto Police Service, through his wife, Jean, and his children.

A visitation will be held on Sunday and a funeral will be held on Monday at St. Paul’s Basilica. Details will be available on our website. There is also a Book of Condolence available in our lobby here at Headquarters, for members of the Service or public who wish to express their thoughts to the family.

Statement from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle on the passing of Chief William McCormack:

On behalf of the Toronto Police Services Board, I would like to add my condolences to the list of family, friends and colleagues mourning the loss of Chief William McCormack.

I have tremendous respect for police officers and the dedication and commitment it takes to serve our city as Chief of Police is admirable.

While, during that time, I was not as involved in policing as I am right now, I know as a citizen of Toronto the work he did to keep our neighbourhoods safe.

I also know from speaking with his colleagues, here at the Service, he was respected by the men and women of the Toronto Police Service and that his legacy lives on, through his work and the work of his children.

The visitation will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill.

The funeral will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto.

A family-only interment will take place afterwards.

A book of condolence is available at Headquarters, as of today, until the day of the funeral.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Police request assistance with investigation into Sexual Assault on subway train, Security camera images of wanted man released

In Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2016 at 6:45 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Police request assistance with investigation into Sexual Assault on subway train, Security camera images of wanted man released

Saturday, September 3, 20166:03 PM
53 Division
416-808-5300

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance with a Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

– on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, shortly after 4:30 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was on a northbound subway train near St. George subway station

– a male passenger sexually assaulted her

– the 18-year-old woman exited the subway at Downsview subway station and the male passenger left in an unknown direction

– she reported the matter to police

The man is described as in his mid-20s, 5’11”, with short brown hair and a dark-brown beard. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, dark pants and open-toed sandals. He was carrying a black messenger bag slung across his shoulder and a large black case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. 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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sajeev Nair, 53 Division

Attachments to this release are available on our website.


[TPS] – Toronto Police Service seeking public input on creation of community police academy

In Writing (all kinds) on August 26, 2016 at 9:54 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service seeking public input on creation of community police academy

Friday, August 26, 20169:14 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-0100

The Toronto Police Service recognizes that public expectations of its police service have changed with priority placed on transparency, accountability, and collaborative, respectful engagements.

That is why the Service is creating a Community Police Academy, available to all members of the public.

In an effort to ensure the Academy meets the needs of the community, a short survey has been designed to get the public’s feedback. The survey, available until September 5, 2016, at 10 p.m., can be accessed here.

It is expected the first Community Police Academy will be available in the fall of 2016. Details will be provided at a later date.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Divisional Policing Support Command

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Toronto Police Service charges York Regional Police officer

In Writing (all kinds) on August 24, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service charges York Regional Police officer

Wednesday, August 24, 201611:08 AM
Professional Standards
416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service has charged a York Regional Police officer.

It is alleged that:

– on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 4 p.m., members of York Regional Police were involved in an investigation in the Queen Street West and Lisgar Street area

– officers were involved in a foot pursuit of a male who fled from police

– the male was located at the rear of 1214 Queen Street West

– an officer from York Regional Police Canine Unit assisted in the apprehension and arrest of the male

– during the arrest, the male was assaulted

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Constable Michael Partridge, 35, was charged with Assault with a Weapon and Assault.

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 11 a.m., courtroom 111.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Lisa Crooker, Professional Standards

There are no files attached to this release.


[TPS] – Taste of the Danforth, Friday, August 5, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016, Road closure

In Writing (all kinds) on August 3, 2016 at 9:50 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Taste of the Danforth, Friday, August 5, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016, Road closure

Wednesday, August 3, 20166:59 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5048

From Friday, August 5, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016, the Greektown on the Danforth BIA will host the 2016 Taste of the Danforth.

Road closures:

– start on Friday, August 5, 2016, 11 a.m. until Monday, August, 8, 2016, 1 p.m.

Danforth Avenue (full road): Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue

All intersections 30m north & south (full road): Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue

Motorists are advised to consider the road closure when planning their travels.

The event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade Road closures

Friday, July 29, 20164:05 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

The 49th annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The parade starts in Exhibition Place at approximately 10:30 a.m. and proceeds out onto the parade route, southbound on Newfoundland Drive, westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

A smaller portion of the parade will proceed to Parkside Drive while the Mas Bands will be turning back into Exhibition Place at British Columbia Road. It is anticipated that the parade will be concluded by approximately 8 p.m.

The traffic conditions in the downtown area, Lake Shore Boulevard West, the Queensway, Queen’s Quay, and the Gardiner Expressway are expected to be very heavy.

ROAD CLOSURES

The festival will require numerous road closures and restrictions which will lead to delays and congestion in the immediate area of the parade.

Road closures for this event take effect starting Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 1:30 a.m. until Sunday, July 31, 2016 at approximately 6 a.m.:

– Westbound, Lake Shore Boulevard West from Strachan Avenue to Parkside Drive
– Eastbound, Lake Shore Boulevard West from Colborne Lodge Drive to Strachan Avenue and
– Dufferin Street south of Springhurst Avenue.

The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will be closed at 12:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 30, 2016:
– Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue;
– Jameson Avenue and British Columbia Road entrance ramps to Eastbound Gardiner Expressway and
– Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit ramp.

RESTRICTED ACCESS POINTS

In order to assist with the safe movement of traffic and to provide for as little disruption as possible to residents, the following streets will have restricted access for vehicles:
– Dufferin Street south of King Street West
– Dowling Avenue south of King Street West
– Stadium Road south of Lake Shore Boulevard West
– Queen’s Quay West, west of Bathurst Street
– Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue and
– Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue

Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by south from King Street West, east of Colborne Lodge Drive, and west of Bathurst Street.

BATHURST STREET CLOSURE

Vehicle access west of Bathurst Street on Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West may be closed after the parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place Lots are full. This closure will be determined by need.

TTC

To Exhibition Place Area or the Parklands on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard West:

From Dufferin Station, take the 29E Dufferin Express bus southbound to the Dufferin Gate Loop;

From Bathurst Station, take the 511 Bathurst Express bus* southbound to Fort York Boulevard/Fleet Street and walk 5 to 10 minutes;

From King or St. Andrew stations, take the 504 King streetcar westbound to King Street/Strachan Avenue and walk 5 to 10 minutes;

From Union Station, take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar westbound to Fleet Loop and walk 5 to 10 minutes, or take the 121 Fort York-Esplanade bus westbound (board bus at street level at Front Street and Bay streets) to Fort York Boulevard/Fleet Street and walk 5 minutes;

*Note: Buses are currently replacing streetcars on this route due to construction. As PRESTO is not yet available on all buses, customers should carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the vehicle that arrives is not PRESTO-equipped. Buses that replace streetcars are Proof-of-Payment.

ONTARIO PLACE PARKING ACCESS

All access to Ontario Place will be through Remembrance Drive at Lake Shore Boulevard West/Strachan Avenue. Vehicles exiting Ontario Place will do so at the same location and will travel eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West only.

DISABLED PARKING

Disabled Parking will be located at the Enercare Centre within the CNE grounds.
Enter via Manitoba Drive/Strachan Avenue then south on Canada Boulevard. Valid disabled parking permit must be shown.

TOWING POLICY

All vehicles including tour buses, parked illegally on:
– Lake Shore Boulevard West (including the grassed area)
– Bathurst Street
– Fleet Street
– King Street West
– Queen Street West
– Roncesvalles Avenue
– Dufferin Street
– The Queensway and
– Gardiner Expressway
will be tagged and towed

Vehicles parked illegally in the Parkdale Avenue and Stadium Road areas will be tagged and towed.

The Gardiner Expressway is a restricted access highway which will be patrolled to ensure that vehicles are not parked adjacent to the parade route and pedestrians do not enter the highway area. Drivers who choose to stop or drive in a manner that puts other road-users at risk will be subject to strict enforcement.

Due to the large number of visitors and continuous events that occur with the festival, intermittent road closures may occur throughout the downtown core in the evenings and nights of Friday, July 29, 2016 to Sunday July 31, 2016 in the interest of public safety.

Historically, Yonge Street and the Entertainment District access has been restricted in the evenings and overnight.

It is recommended that you make yourself aware of alternative routes before heading into the downtown or Entertainment District areas to avoid delays.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Tee Chase, Public Safety – Special Events

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[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency Scam

In Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency Scam

Wednesday, July 20, 20163:48 PM
11 Division
416-808-1100

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Toronto Police Service has noted an increase in the number of phone calls people have reported receiving from parties claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Police would like to remind the citizens of Toronto, that the CRA will never contact people via telephone, text or email and ask for personal information or demand payment for taxes in the form of pre-paid credit cards, iTunes, or other gift cards.

Police also want to inform the public that no one from the CRA, police, or immigration, will contact you via phone to advise you that a warrant is taken out for your arrest due to non-payment of taxes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Dawn Carreiro, 11 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Chief Saunders launches How We Do It TPS website

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Chief Saunders launches How We Do It TPS website

Tuesday, June 21, 20168:59 AM
Office of the Chief
416-808-7100

Today, Chief Mark Saunders launched a new, innovative website called How We Do It TPS.

The website features short videos and photos that showcase the everyday work of Toronto Police Service members, including everything from high-risk responses and community outreach to responding to people in crisis. The men and women of the Service are having their story told.

By visiting this mobile-friendly site, HowWeDoitTPS.com, the public will stay up-to-date on the actions of Toronto Police members in a virtual and interactive way.

The website also features a running tally of gun seizures, arrests and calls-for-service. By learning about the Service’s day-to-day responsibilities, the public will get a clear picture of how we keep the city safe.

In addition, every Division of the Service has a How We Do It TPS photo board in its main lobby. These photos will be taken by members, of members, and will recognize the daily accomplishments of colleagues and community.

By sharing our successes, the campaign aims to instil a sense of pride in the Toronto Police Service, not just for members, but for community partners and the public.

Visit the website often or follow us at #HowWeDoitTPS for the latest video.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – S.P.A.C.E. to Cycle campaign, Monday, June 13, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on June 12, 2016 at 7:26 PM
ronto Police Service
News Release

S.P.A.C.E. to Cycle campaign, Monday, June 13, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 20167:14 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service is continuing to focus its efforts on encouraging safe cycling as a practical mode of transportation in our city.

The Service will be launching the S.P.A.C.E. to Cycle campaign, starting on Monday, June 13, 2016. The campaign (Safety, Prevention, Awareness, Courtesy, Education) will conclude on Sunday, June 19, 2016. This one-week campaign is designed to promote awareness and education by reducing the potential for cycling and wheel-sport-related injuries. Building partnerships and mobilizing local communities to respond to local traffic problems will assist in sustaining successful efforts and improve neighbourhood roadway safety.

Education and enforcement of cycling offences are critical to ensuring safe roadways for our communities. All frontline officers will be paying particular attention to those motorists whose actions endanger the lives of cyclists, for example, drivers failing to proceed through turns safely, opening vehicle doors improperly, and driving/parking in designated cycling lanes, all contribute to reduce cycling safety.

Officers will also be paying attention to cyclists who commit offences that endanger all road-users, including the cyclists themselves. Parking Enforcement Officers will assist with this initiative by concentrating on parking offences that may compromise the safety of cyclists.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto.Stay informed with what’s happening at:
Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Man and woman facing 13 charges in Human Trafficking investigation, Police concerned there may be other victims, Photographs released

In Writing (all kinds) on June 7, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Man and woman facing 13 charges in Human Trafficking investigation, Police concerned there may be other victims, Photographs released

Tuesday, June 7, 20161:32 PM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the Toronto Police Service started an investigation into a Human Trafficking occurrence.

It is alleged that:

– in August 2015, a 16-year-old girl met a man at a party

– he told her he would take care of her and that she could live with him and his roommate, another woman

– he was aware that she was only 16

– he took photographs of her in various stages of undress and uploaded the photos to backpages.com, advertising sexual services

– he took her to and from various hotels in the GTA, forcing her to turn all her earnings over to him

– he continually demanded she work more and make more money

– she worked almost every night and turned all of her money over to him as she was instructed

– the man and the woman, his roommate, used the money that the girl made for their car insurance, rent and food for their family

– he became physically abusive towards her and threatened that he would kill her if she ever left him

– on Sunday, May 29, 2016, after she worked as instructed, the man and woman assaulted her, causing injuries requiring her to go to hospital

– police were then contacted

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the man and woman were arrested.

Akeil Purcell, 27, of Toronto, is charged with:

1) Procure to Become a Prostitute (under 18)
2) Trafficking in Persons (under 18)
3) Trafficking in Person – Receive Material Benefit (under 18)
4) Exercise Control (under 18)
5) Material Benefit from Sexual Services (under 18)
6) Make Child Pornography
7) Possess Child Pornography
8) Distribute Child Pornography
9) Utter Death Threats
10) Assault
11) Assault Causing Bodily Harm

Shanika Spaulding, 24, of Toronto, is charged with:

1) Material Benefit from Sexual Services (under 18)
2) Assault

They both appeared in court at College Park on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10 a.m.

Police are concerned there may be other victims.

Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

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, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunziato Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Fraud Alert

In Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2016 at 1:27 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Fraud Alert

Friday, June 3, 20161:23 PM
31 Division
416-808-3100

The Toronto Police Service has been receiving numerous complaints of an ongoing Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam involving Apple iTunes Gift Cards and would like to make the public aware of such incidents.

The CRA will not ask for overdue tax payments to be made by Apple iTunes Gift Cards. As well, the CRA will not request the access/PIN code for any iTunes cards purchased.

The CRA will not be sending police officers in less than an hour to arrest individuals for immediate non-payments.

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be an agent for the CRA, please be aware and cautious regarding the information you are providing. Do not be afraid to ask for any credentials and to ask for a phone number to call once you have confirmed all the credentials. Also, contact your local police to report the incident.

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, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Rich Sidhu, 31 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Arrest in Voyeurism/Child Pornography investigation, Roderico Sy, 44, faces four charges, Police are concerned there may be other victims

In Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2016 at 3:12 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Arrest in Voyeurism/Child Pornography investigation, Roderico Sy, 44, faces four charges, Police are concerned there may be other victims

Thursday, June 2, 20162:54 PM
33 Division
416-808-3300

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a Voyeurism investigation

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a call for Voyeurism at Fairview Mall.

It is alleged that:

– a man followed a 13-year-old girl through the mall

– he took a photograph of her that was sexual in nature

– the girl’s mother activated an alarm calling for security

– the man was contained, then arrested by police

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the man was charged with Voyeurism

It is further alleged that;

– a search warrant was executed on his electronic device

– unrelated child pornography was discovered

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 8 a.m., Roderico Sy, 44, of Toronto, was arrested again. His combined charges from this incident are:

1) Voyeurism
2) Make Child Pornography
3) Possession of Child Pornography
4) Accessing Child Pornography

He was scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10 a.m., room 301.

Police are concerned there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Matthew Routh, 33 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Monday, May 16, 2016, 11 a.m., Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, MADD Toronto Chapter, Bench unveiling

In Writing (all kinds) on May 16, 2016 at 5:08 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Monday, May 16, 2016, 11 a.m., Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, MADD Toronto Chapter, Bench unveiling

Monday, May 16, 2016 – 4:59 AM
Central Field
416-808-7100

On Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11 a.m., at Toronto Police Service headquarters, 40 College Street, the Toronto Chapter of MADD Canada will be unveiling a public bench outside the front entrance to raise awareness about impaired driving.

Educating Torontonians about the dangers of impaired driving is an important part of MADD Toronto’s work. The bench reminds people about the impact impaired driving has on victims and their families, and also serves as a special tribute to all those who have been touched by this terrible crime.

Their goal is to make people see that impaired driving is simply not worth the risk – not to the innocent people who may be involved in a crash and not to the individual making the choice to get behind the wheel impaired.

Impaired driving injuries and deaths are 100 per cent preventable. Yet they continue to occur regularly. On average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured every day in Canada by impairment-related crashes. Approximately 65,000 Canadians are affected by impaired drivers annually. MADD Canada and its many Chapters and Community Leaders work to stop impaired driving and to support victims and survivors.

For further event information, please contact MADD Toronto at 416-924-2666 or president@maddtoronto.ca

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – A Statement from Chief Saunders regarding the SIU

In Writing (all kinds) on May 2, 2016 at 3:37 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

A Statement from Chief Saunders regarding the SIU

Monday, May 2, 20163:33 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

I’d like to offer a response to the report recently released by SIU Director Tony Loparco.

On the night of July 5, 2015, officers responded to a call for a man threatening death at 502 Gilbert Avenue. The actions of the officer that night have been fully justified by the SIU.

Like any investigation where the SIU has invoked its mandate, officers attended the scene after the shooting for the purpose of securing evidence. This is in line with Ontario Regulation 267/10 section 4, which reads:

“The Chief of Police shall ensure that, pending the SIU taking charge of the scene of the incident, the police force secures the scene in a manner consistent with all standing orders, policies and usual practice of the police force for serious incidents.”

Our officers have a legal onus to fulfil this responsibility. This includes the necessity to secure video evidence.

Because of this, my officers attempted to locate and secure the video. Due to technical difficulties, they were unable to do so. They did not review the video, nor did they download the video. An officer was posted to secure the scene until technical assistance could be contacted. The SIU, in fact, downloaded the video at a later time. The SIU’s forensic examination states that no tampering took place.

In addition, the SIU had representatives on scene at this time. At no point did they question, contradict or prevent my officers from carrying out this responsibility.

I believe the SIU Director is using this opportunity to highlight his desire for a strong review of the regulations that govern his agency. This is a review the TPS strongly supports.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Sunday, May 1, 2016, GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, Road closures Inbox x

In Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Sunday, May 1, 2016, GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, Road closures

Friday, April 29, 20169:44 AM
Emergency Management & Public Order
416-808-5048

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the 22nd GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon will take place. The event will consist of a full marathon, relay marathon, half marathon, 10km run and 5km run and walk.

Start times:
Full marathon and 10km Run: 7:30 a.m.
Relay: 7:50 a.m.
5 km run: 8 a.m.
Half marathon: 8:30 a.m.
5 km walk: 12 p.m.

TTC vehicles will be assisted through gaps in the run, where possible and when it is safe to do so. Every attempt will be made to minimize service interruption.

Motorists are advised to consider the road closures when planning their travels.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

There will be road closures on the following streets:

Beecroft Road – full road, from Elmhurst Avenue to Horsham Avenue,
5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Ellerslie Avenue – full road, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street,
7 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Churchill Ave – full road, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street,
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
North York Boulevard – full road, from Beecroft Road to Yonge St,
5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Elmhurst Avenue – full road, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street,
7 a.m to 9 a.m.
Park Home Avenue – full road, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street,
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Yonge Street – Southbound, from Horsham Avenue to Highway 401,
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Highway 401 – Southbound ramps at Yonge Street exit,
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Yonge Street – Southbound, from Highway 401 to York Mills Road
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Yonge Street – Southbound, from York Mills Road to Eglinton Avenue
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Yonge Street – Southbound, from Eglinton Avenue to Chaplin Crescent
7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Yonge Street – full road, from Chaplin Crescent to Aylmer Road,
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Chaplin Crescent – Westbound, from Yonge Street to Oriole Parkway,
7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Oriole Parkway – Southbound from Chaplin Crescent to Lonsdale Road, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Lonsdale Road – Westbound, from Avenue Road to Spadina Road,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Forest Hill Road – Northbound, from Lonsdale Road, to Kilbarry Road,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Kilbarry Road – Eastbound, from Forest Hill Road to Warren Road,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m
Warren Road – Southbound, from Kilbarry Road to Lonsdale Road,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Spadina Road – Southbound, from Lonsdale Road to St. Clair Avenue West, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Spadina Road – full road, form St. Clair Avenue West to Austin Terrace,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Austin Terrace – full road, from Spadina Road to Walmer Road,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Walmer Road / Kendal Avenue -full road, from Austin Terrace to MacPherson Avenue, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
MacPherson Avenue – full road, from Kendal Avenue to Davenport Road, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Davenport Road – full road, from MacPherson Avenue to Belmont Street, 8 a.m. 10 a.m.
Belmont Street – full road, from Davenport Road to Yonge Street,
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Aylmer Avenue – full road, from Yonge Street to Rosedale Valley Road,
5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Rosedale Valley Road – full road, from Aylmer Road to Bayview Avenue,
5:30 a.m. 11 a.m.
Bayview Avenue -full road, Rosedale Valley Road to Lower River Street, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Lower River Street – full road, from Bayview Avenue to King Street East,
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
King Street East – Westbound, from River Street to Sumach Street,
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sumach Street – full road, from King Street East to Eastern Avenue,
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Eastern Avenue – full road, from Sumach Street to Front Street East,
7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Front Street East – full road, from Eastern Avenue to Wellington Street East, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wellington Street East/West – full road, from Front Street East to John Street, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
John Street – full road, from Wellington Street West to Front Street West, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Front Street West – full road- from John Street to Bathurst Street,
7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bathurst Street – full road, from Front Street West to Fort York Boulevard, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Fort York Boulevard – full road, from Bathurst Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Marine Parade Drive – full road, from Humber Bay Park East to Waterfront Drive, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Waterfront Drive – full road, from Marine Parade Drive to Palace Pier Court, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lake Shore Boulevard – Eastbound Curb lane, from Humber River to Ontario Place Boulevard. 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

* N/B curb lane open for condominium access.
** Access to roads on the south side will be permitted when safe to do so.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Vukicevich, Special Events Planning

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TPS] – Man makes racist comments, then spits on woman, Police seek assistance identifying man in Assault investigation, Security camera images of man released

In Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2016 at 3:40 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Man makes racist comments, then spits on woman, Police seek assistance identifying man in Assault investigation, Security camera images of man released

Thursday, April 28, 20163:09 PM
54 Division
416-808-5400

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

It is reported that:

– on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 9:38 p.m., a woman, with her daughter and aunt, got on an eastbound TTC subway train atVictoria Park station.

– a man boarding the train tried to prevent the woman and her family members from getting on the train

– once on the train, the man made derogatory racial comments directed at the woman

– the man got up to exit the subway train at Main Street station

– as he did, he spat in the woman’s face.

The man is described as 25-45, wearing a black toque, black shirt, beige parka, black pants and beige construction boots with black tips. He entered the TTC Danforth subway at Victoria Park station and got off the subway at Main Street station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Jim Gotell, 54 Division

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

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