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[TPS] – Media Advisory, The Way Forward: Modernizing the Toronto Police Service, Public Consultation Session #2, Monday, July 25, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m., Access Point, 3079 Danforth Avenue

In Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2016 at 2:02 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, The Way Forward: Modernizing the Toronto Police Service, Public Consultation Session #2, Monday, July 25, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m., Access Point, 3079 Danforth Avenue

Friday, July 22, 20162:00 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Monday, July 25, 2016, from 5 – 8 p.m., at Access Point, located at 3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle will be hosting the second community consultation session on the modernization of the Toronto Police Service.

Members of the public are encouraged to read the Transformational Task Force Interim Report and come prepared to discuss the report’s 24 recommendation. The report can be accessed here.

The session will include remarks from the Chief and the Chair and break-out tables designed to get the public’s input on the future of policing.

More consultation sessions are scheduled over the coming weeks. To find one near you, click here. Members of the public are also encouraged to submit their thoughts through email or video message. Visit our Have Your Say site for details.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for the Transformational Task Force

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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

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[TPS] – Sex Offender Arrested!

In Writing (all kinds) on June 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM
Community Alert Toronto Police Service
Sex Offender Arrested!

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Darren Michael Slosel, 28, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1) Sexual Assault
2) Sexual Interference
3) Criminal Harassment

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, June 24, 2016, at 1000 Finch Avenue West, at 10 a.m.

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.

Previous New Release was as follows
It is reported that:

– a 14-year-old girl was studying in the library

– a man sat down next to her

– he engaged her in inappropriate conversation

– he sexually assaulted her during the conversation

– the girl left the library and he followed her out

– she returned to the library to call police

He is described as mid-20s, 6’0”, 185 lbs., slim build, with short, straight, light-brown hair, receding hairline with sideburns, clean-shaven. He was wearing brown lens sunglasses, a lime-green T-shirt, dark-blue/black loose-fit jeans and grey shoes with white soles and laces. He was carrying a rectangular leather bag with a handle.
This message was brought to you by the 33 Div Crime Prevention Officer PC Downie #5535

[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

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[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

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[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

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[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

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[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.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6 p.m., Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Youth in Policing Initiative, Winter After-school Program Graduation

In Writing (all kinds) on April 27, 2016 at 3:07 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6 p.m., Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Youth in Policing Initiative, Winter After-school Program Graduation

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 3:04 PM
Area Field
416-808-7108

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 6 p.m. please join MPP (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) Peter Milczyn, Toronto Police Services Board Member Ken Jeffers, and A/Chief of Police Richard Stubbings in Theatres 1 and 2 at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, as they congratulate 62 young people from across the city on graduating from our 17-week 2016 Youth in Policing Initiative Winter Program.

These students were assigned to various Divisions and the Mounted Unit and gained job experiences and life skills through their work with the police officers and community members. They also had a chance to partake in several crime-prevention initiatives, community events and training opportunities.

The Youth in Policing Initiative is part of the Government of Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Strategy. This Strategy is helping to build stronger communities by establishing and expanding community programs that help youth achieve a brighter future.

The young people in this program, aged 15-18, represented neighbourhoods throughout the city: Eglinton East-Kennedy Park, Scarborough Village, Kingston-Galloway, South Parkdale, Westminister-Branson, Steeles-L’Amoreux, Weston-Mt. Dennis, Lawrence Heights, Flemingdon Park-Victoria Village, Crescent Town, Malvern; Jane-Finch, Jamestown, Regent Park, and Dorset Park.

For more information about our program, please contact us at yipi@torontopolice.on.ca or connect with us on social media:

Web: www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi
Facebook: www.facebook.ca/TPSyouthinpolicing
Twitter: @YouthInPolicing
Instagram: YouthInPolicing

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Danielle Dowdy, Area Field

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Couple arrested in Child Pornography investigation, Sabrina Chouart, 28, and Clyde Marshall, 37, Each faces two charges

In Writing (all kinds) on April 22, 2016 at 12:17 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Couple arrested in Child Pornography investigation, Sabrina Chouart, 28, and Clyde Marshall, 37, Each faces two charges

Friday, April 22, 201612:04 PM
Sex Crimes
416-808-8500

On Monday, June 22, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Clyde Marshall, 37, and Sabrina Chouart, 28, were arrested by the Niagara Regional Police Service in relation to Homicide #23/2015.

See previous release:

…..

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance locating a man and woman wanted in a homicide investigation.

Sina Parsi, 32, of Kleinberg, was last seen on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at approximately 11:20 p.m., in the Teston Road and Highway 400 area. He was driving his 2012 black Dodge Ram pick-up truck.

On Monday, June 22, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Clyde Marshall and Sabrina Chouart were arrested by the Niagara Regional Police Service in a Walmart Store at 7481 Oakwood Drive, Niagara Falls.

Clyde Marshall, 36, of New Brunswick, and Sabrina Chouart, 27, of Gatineau, Quebec, are each charged with:

1) First-Degree Murder

…..

As part of that investigation, members of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section opened a separate investigation.

It is alleged that:

– the couple was in possession of, and accessed, child sexual abuse images

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the couple, already in custody, was charged.

Sabrina Chouart, 28, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) Possessing Child Pornography
2) Accessing Child Pornography

Clyde Marshall, 37, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) Possessing Child Pornography
2) Accessing Child Pornography

They appeared in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Friday, April 22, 2016, 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-8500, 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.

Reporting can also be made at Canada’s National Tip Line for Reporting the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children atCyberTip.ca.

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Amy Davey, Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Howard Street area, Update, Kyle Michael Junior Young, 25, faces seven charges, Police believe there may be other victims

In Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2016 at 11:21 AM
oronto Police Service
News Release

Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Howard Street area, Update, Kyle Michael Junior Young, 25, faces seven charges, Police believe there may be other victims

Wednesday, April 20, 201611:12 AM
51 Division
416-808-7474

On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the Toronto Police Service alerted the public to a Sexual Assault investigation and requested the public’s assistance identifying the man wanted.

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a call for a sexual assault in the Parliament Street and Howard Street area.

It is alleged that:

– a 52-year-old woman was in an elevator in an apartment building

– she was approached by a man

– the man displayed a handgun and directed the woman to leave the elevator

– she was forced to the stairwell where she was sexually assaulted

– the man fled the building

See previous release.

See previous release.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Kyle Michael Junior Young, 25, of no fixed address, was arrested. He was charged with:

1) Sexual Assault with a Weapon
2) Uttering Threats
3) Use of Firearm During Commission of Indictable Offence
4) Point Firearm
5) Possession of Firearm knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
6) Careless Use of Firearm
7) Carry Concealed Weapon

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10 a.m.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Watch news conference here.

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.

A sexual assault is defined by the Criminal Code of Canada as 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 Unit 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 Marina Garland, Sex Crimes

Attachments to this release are available on our website.


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[TPS] – Media advisory, TPS officers accompany 80 kids to Disney World as part of Sunshine DreamLift, Three events on Monday, April 18, 2016 and Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on April 18, 2016 at 6:30 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, TPS officers accompany 80 kids to Disney World as part of Sunshine DreamLift, Three events on Monday, April 18, 2016 and Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 – 5:59 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

Adventure is in the air for over 80 children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses who will be participating in the Sunshine DreamLift for a day of “yes” at the Walt Disney World Resort, courtesy of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

Toronto Police Service officers will be participating as escorts over the course of the whirlwind trip that sees them leave before dawn and arrive home at midnight.

There are three events to which the media is invited:

Meet & Greet:
Children and their families will be greeted by DreamLift volunteers, on Monday, April 18, 2016, at 6 p.m., at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, 3000 Toronto Pearson International, Alpine Foyer and Alpine Room.

Airport Send-Off:
Children will say goodbye to their parents and get on a plane with volunteers, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 3, Desks 535-540. Look for the sea of yellow shirts.

Post-DreamLift arrival:
Children are welcomed home, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at midnight, at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 3.

For more information, contact Sunshine Foundation of Canada, Manager, Marketing and Communications at 1-800-461-7935 x 221 or lauren.redman@sunshine.ca

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

[TPS] – Man and woman arrested in Medical Insurance Fraud investigation

In Writing (all kinds) on April 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Man and woman arrested in Medical Insurance Fraud investigation

Friday, April 15, 201612:25 PM
12 Division
416-808-1200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of arrests made in a medical insurance fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

– the owners of Ritual Med Spa and Health Centre, located at 2 Rosemount Avenue, colluded with members of LiUNA Local 183 to submit fraudulent medical claims

– once the insurance companies, Great West Life, Manulife Financial, and Sun Life Financial paid out the claims, the funds were split between the owners of the Health Centre and the claimant

The owners, Mario De Jesus Santos and Adriana Grazini, both 46 of Toronto, were arrested on Thursday, April 14, 2016. They were charged with:

1. Three counts of Fraud – Over ($5000)
2. Forgery
3. Use Forged Document
4. Conspiracy to Commit and Indictable Offence

They are scheduled to appear in court on Friday, April 15, 2016, at College Park Courts, at 2 p.m., in courtroom 507.

The investigation is ongoing.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable John Ozols, 12 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Travel Agent Arrested, Police believe there may be more victims

In Writing (all kinds) on April 15, 2016 at 11:55 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Travel Agent Arrested, Police believe there may be more victims

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 11:50 PM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7319

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

It is alleged that:

– the current owner of Blue Mountain Travel sold travel services that were only partially provided, if at all

– she used customers’ credit cards to purchase legitimate travel services for people unknown to the credit card holder

Carolyn Michelle Solomon, 50, of Toronto, was once an employee of Blue Mountain Travel prior to being the owner, and is known to use the alias of Michelle Durant, Carolyn Durant and Michelle Solomon.

On Friday, April 15, 2016, she was arrested and charged with:

1) two counts of Fraud – Over ($5000)

Investigators believe there may be more victims.

Victims, or anyone with information, is asked to contact Detective Ruth Moran at 416-808-7319, by email atruth.moran@torontopolice.on.ca, 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 Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Ruth Moran, Financial Crimes Unit

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

In Writing (all kinds) on April 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 13, 201610:14 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Harbord Collegiate Institute, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Harbord Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and spoken-word performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

This year, students heard from special guest speaker Olympic gymnast Rosie Cossar, who shared her story with the students. Also bringing a strong message was Ottawa Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, who spoke about his personal feelings toward LGBTQ-based bullying.

“LGBTQ youth face bullying, harassment and discrimination on a daily basis,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “We need to remember to stand up and support this community, not just on the International Day of Pink, but every day going forward. I am committed to leading the way on behalf of the Toronto Police Service and especially for my LGBTQ members.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied by all wearing pink and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication to making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Harbord Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– Balloon Celebrations

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or who is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids HelpPhone
SOY – Supporting Our Youth
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

[TPS] – Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Howard Street area, Police request help locating man wanted in Sexual Assault investigation

In Writing (all kinds) on April 10, 2016 at 10:07 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Howard Street area, Police request help locating man wanted in Sexual Assault investigation

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 10:02 PM
51 Division
416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to a Sexual Assault investigation and requesting the public’s assistance identifying the man wanted.

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a call for a sexual assault in the Parliament Street and Howard Street area.

It is reported that:

– a 52-year-old woman was in an elevator in an apartment building

– she was approached by a man

– the man displayed a handgun and directed the woman to leave the elevator

– she was forced to the stairwell where she was sexually assaulted

– the man fled the building

He is described as black, 20-25, 5’9”, medium build, wearing black jeans, grey hooded sweater, grey vest, dark toque, tan shoes and carrying a red knapsack.

Security camera images of the man are now released.

Police believe him to be armed and dangerous. If located, do not approach him. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

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.

A sexual assault is defined by the Criminal Code of Canada as 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 Unit website.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

[TPS] – Man, woman, arrested in human trafficking investigation, Photographs of man and woman released, Police believe there may be other victims

In Writing (all kinds) on April 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM
ronto Police Service
News Release

Man, woman, arrested in human trafficking investigation, Photographs of man and woman released, Police believe there may be other victims

Friday, April 8, 20169:14 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

In November 2015, investigators from the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team began an investigation into a human trafficking occurrence.

It is alleged that:

– an 18-year-old woman was lured into prostitution and forced to provide sexual services by a man

– she was “given” to another man and woman who also forced her into prostitution

– she was forced to take pictures of herself in various stages of undress

– she was forced to post the pictures on backpages.com, advertising sexual services

– she was taken to several hotels and residences in the GTA, where she was forced to provide sexual services for clients

– the man and woman took all of the money she earned

– she was sexually assaulted by the man

– she was able to escape from them and contact police

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, after a lengthy investigation, two Criminal Code search warrants were executed by members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, along with the TPS Gun and Gang Task Force.

Denneil Morgan, 34, of Brampton, is charged with:

1) two counts of Trafficking in Persons
2) Exercising Control
3) Procuring
4) two counts of Receive Material Benefit from Services Provided
5) Sexual Assault
6) three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
7) Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Kiesha Shaunte Ripley, 23, of Brampton, is charged with:

1) two counts of Trafficking in Persons
2) Exercising Control
3) Procuring

They both appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 10 a.m., room 114.

Police believe there may be other victims.

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.

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 Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

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 Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

Attachments to this release are available on our website.


[TPS] – Two men face 30 charges in Human Trafficking/Sexual Assault investigation, Drugs and a gun seized, Police believe there may be other victims, Update, New arrest made

In Writing (all kinds) on April 4, 2016 at 2:52 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Two men face 30 charges in Human Trafficking/Sexual Assault investigation, Drugs and a gun seized, Police believe there may be other victims, Update, New arrest made

Monday, April 4, 20162:22 PM
Specialized Criminal Investigations
416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of arrests made in a Sexual Assault investigation.

See excerpt from previous news release:

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, the Toronto Police Sex Crimes – Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the 54 Division Major Crime Unit, started an investigation into a Human Trafficking/Sexual Assault occurrence.

It is alleged that:

– a 20-year-old woman was picked up by a man known to her and driven to his home

– once in the home, she was introduced to three unknown men

– her acquaintance displayed a firearm and all four men sexually assaulted her

– she was then forced into a room at the residence and the door was locked

– several hours later, the four men returned and she was sexually assaulted again

– she was locked back up in the room

– the next day, she was taken to the Toronto Plaza Hotel, at 1677 Wilson Avenue, and kept in a room

– her acquaintance posted photos of her on backpages.com, advertising sexual services

– her acquaintance once again displayed the gun and ordered her to take a shower and prepare for additional clients

– she was able to escape and call police

It is further alleged that:

– on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, a Criminal Code search warrant was executed at a home

– the woman’s acquaintance and one of the other men were located and arrested

– during the search of the residence, a loaded .357 calibre revolver and a quantity of cocaine were seized

Gavin Campbell (her acquaintance), 20, of Toronto, is charged with:

1) Sexual Assault
2) Forcible Confinement
3) Trafficking In Persons
4) Procuring or Exercising Control
5) Advertising Sexual Services
6) Use Firearm in Commission of an Offence
7) Careless Use of a Firearm
8) Sexual Assault with a Weapon
9) Contravention of Storage Regulations
10) Possession of Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace
11) Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
12) Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
13) Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
14) Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
15) Careless Storage of Ammunition
16) Possession of a Scheduled I Substance (Cocaine)
17) Fail to Comply with Recognizance

Trian Vassel, 19, of Toronto, is charged with:

1) Sexual Assault
2) Forcible Confinement
3) Use Firearm in Commission of an Offence
4) Careless Use of a Firearm
5) Sexual Assault with a Weapon
6) Contravention of Storage Regulations
7) Possession of Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace
8) Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
9) Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
10) Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
11) Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
12) Careless Storage of Ammunition
13) Possession of a Scheduled I Substance (Cocaine)

Both men were scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 10 a.m., room 101.

Two other men remain outstanding and police continue to search for them.

Police believe there may be other victims.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Sex Crimes, with the assistance of 23 Division, arrested Keyon Small, 20, of Toronto.

He is charged with:

1) Assault
2) Sexual Assault
3) Sexual Interference
4) Forcible Confinement
5) Gang Sexual Assault

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Friday, April 1, 2016,10 a.m., room 507.

Police believe there may be other victims.

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 Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Autumn Withrow, Sex Crimes

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

[TPS] – TPS Body-Worn Camera Pilot Project concludes operational phase, Moves into evaluation stage

In Writing (all kinds) on April 1, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS Body-Worn Camera Pilot Project concludes operational phase, Moves into evaluation stage

Friday, April 1, 201611:19 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Toronto Police Service will begin drafting its Evaluation Report on the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Project.

The cameras, worn by approximately 100 officers since May 18, 2015, will be removed from active duty on March 31, 2016.

The Evaluation Report will be drafted by the Body-Worn Camera Working Group and will consider all aspects of the pilot project, including technology, procedures and training. Throughout the pilot, the Service has been gathering feedback from the community and the officers involved in the project. Their input will also be considered as part of the review.

The Working Group will make recommendations on the future of body-worn cameras in Toronto. The complete report, including those recommendations, will be presented to Chief Mark Saunders by June 30, 2016, and considered by the Toronto Police Services Board at an upcoming meeting.

For information about the pilot project, please click here or for a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Staff Superintendent Tom Russell

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 14, 2016 − Sunday, March 20, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 14, 2016 − Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 1:59 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

During the week of Monday, March 14, 2016, to Sunday, March 20, 2016, the Toronto Police Service will be conducting the annual March Break pedestrian safety campaign.

The “March Break, March Safe Campaign” is designed to promote the education, awareness and enforcement strategies intended to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety.

While children will be celebrating the arrival of March Break, the Toronto Police Service would like to remind parents and caregivers that the safety of the children in their care must still be a top priority.

Collision analysis has shown that, on average, 50% to 60% of all fatalities involve pedestrians. A total of 75% of all the fatalities reported this year have involved senior-age pedestrians. Last year, 39 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 60% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, even in the most routine circumstances, is a key component to moving through traffic safely. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit-users alike. We ask those who drive to take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children and seniors might be present.

Pedestrians/Transit-User Tips:

Parents and caregivers can reinforce some of these pedestrian safety messages to children, as well as some of our more vulnerable seniors and transit-users.

– stop, look, listen and think before entering the roadway
– utilize crossings at controlled areas, intersections and crosswalks
– make eye contact with drivers and other road-users
– wear reflective or bright clothing whenever possible
– never run into the street
– obey crossing signals and signs

Driver Safety Tips during the March Break:

– a driver who is aware and alert can avoid hazards and other distractions

General Driving Tips:

– scan to identify pedestrians and cyclists entering the road from curbs and driveways or when approaching intersections
– be ready for the unexpected
– avoid using distracting devices
– leave at least 2-3 seconds following distance between you and vehicles ahead
– in fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full head lighting system. Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well
– to avoid backing into, or out of, a parking space, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out
– drive in traveled lanes only – avoid driving across or through parking spaces
– use rear-view and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed

During the campaign, all road-users will be subject to various education and enforcement initiatives. Let’s all work together to make the rest of the season safe.

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 Group and on Blog.

To learn more about the TPS Traffic Services Safety Program that aims to reduce pedestrian injury and death through education and awareness, click here.

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] – Traffic Safety Campaign

In Writing (all kinds) on March 10, 2016 at 4:48 PM
Community Alert Toronto Police Service
Traffic Safety Campaign

Greetings everyone.

The next Service wide traffic campaign of 2016 is approaching.

The Service will be launching the ‘March Break – March Safe’ Pedestrian Safety Campaign.

“Traffic Safety” continues to be identified as a Service priority with an increased focus on pedestrian safety. During the week of Monday, March 14, 2016, to Sunday, March 20, 2016, the Toronto Police Service will be conducting the annual March Break pedestrian safety campaign.

The “March Break, March Safe Campaign” is designed to promote the education, awareness and enforcement strategies intended to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety.

Collision analysis has shown that, on average 50 – 60 % of all fatalities involve pedestrians. To date, 75% of all the fatalities reported this year have involved senior age pedestrians. Last year, 39 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 60% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto.

The Service will continue to be diligent in education and associated enforcement strategies to enhance pedestrian safety within our communities.
This message was brought to you by the 33 Div Crime Prevention Officer.

[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam, Update

In Writing (all kinds) on March 9, 2016 at 3:37 PM
ronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam, Update

Wednesday, March 9, 20162:33 PM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7300

The Toronto Police Service has been made aware of a recent progression in the Canada Revenue Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada scam.

See previous news release regarding scam.

The spoofed caller ID has been reportedly displayed as 416-808-2222, which is the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number.

The Toronto Police Service is aware of this spoof, and furthermore, is aware of the scam.

If you have been victimized, please call your local police service to report it.

If you received a call, did not fall victim to the scam, or would like further information, please visit www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam

In Writing (all kinds) on March 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam

Thursday, March 3, 20163:06 PM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7300

Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes is reminding the public of the continuing “CRA Scam.” Victims are being contacted via phone or e-mail by persons claiming to be Canada Revenue Agency employees. The victims are being advised they owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency, and payment is demanded. Immediate arrest is threatened if the demand is not made.

Victims often believe the calls are authentic, based in part, on call-display information suggesting the caller is calling from a police phone number, or number associated to a government agency.

Police would like to remind members of the public of the following:

– phone numbers visible on call display are easily “spoofed” and can never be relied upon to be authentic

– Canada Revenue Agency employees are not peace officers, and have no authority to arrest or to obtain arrest warrants

– police never collect payment on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency

– Canada Revenue Agency employees will never show up at your door to collect or demand payment

– Canada Revenue Agency employees will not demand payment to be made via money transfer services such as Western Union, MoneyGram, or others. Canada Revenue Agency will not demand taxpayers attend any store to purchase prepaid credit cards as a method of payment.

In order to determine if you have any outstanding matters with the Canada Revenue Agency, please visit the following website:

www.cra-arc.gc.ca

People who have suffered financial losses through the CRA scam are urged to report the matter to their local police service. People who have been only been contacted by “CRA scammers” are urged to report the matter to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at # 1-888-495-8501, or online at www.antifraudcentre.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, for Detective Sergeant Ian Nichol, Financial Crimes

There are no files attached to this release.


[TPS] – New feature on Toronto Police Service website, Calls For Service Portal

In Writing (all kinds) on March 3, 2016 at 2:28 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

New feature on Toronto Police Service website, Calls For Service Portal

Thursday, March 3, 20161:16 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

In an effort to better inform the public, the Service is expanding access to police data.

The newest addition, released today, the Calls For Service portal, allows the public to see where police have responded.

The map, updated every few minutes, shows the approximate location (nearest streets or intersections), event type (such as a hazard or robbery), and the time officers were on scene. The map will not disclose events such as medical calls, sexual assaults, suicides or domestic disputes, to protect the privacy of those involved.

Chief Mark Saunders said the portal will help engage the public. “This another way to help inform the media and public of the work that we do. We are trying to achieve a balance between informing the community of public safety issues and protecting privacy.”

Media Relations Officers supplement the information through the @TPSOperations Twitter account and are available, as a resource for the media, from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day.

TPS Community Safety Command Deputy Chief Mike Federico said the public plays a key role in the safety of Toronto. “An informed public can help the police prevent and solve crime,” Federico said, noting that police officers always rely on the trust and cooperation of the public to do their work.

The public can also access the Maps & Data web portal that provides a weekly snapshot of crimes throughout the city, which has been available since Fall 2015.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – New Homicide cold-case website launched, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2016 at 1:09 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

New Homicide cold-case website launched, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 12:04 PM
Homicide
416-808-7400

The Toronto Police Service is committed to utilizing technology to advance investigations and keep the public informed. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of our cold-case website.

“We have taken the time to re-tool the web page to make it more interactive and informative,” Chief Mark Saunders said. “We would encourage the public to go to the website and use social media to spread the word on the individual cases and people wanted for murder.”

In the coming weeks, Homicide will be releasing short video clips via the website and social media in hopes of stimulating information on cold cases.

Three video appeals were released today:

Homicide #18/1987 – Most Wanted: Rosaleen Wallace

Homicide #34/2003 – Cassandra Do

Homicide #11/2010 – Nanthieashan Dharmaratnam

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Greg McLane, Homicide

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – 65th NBA All-Star weekend, Thursday, February 11, 2016 to Sunday, February 14, 2016, Traffic safety reminder

In Writing (all kinds) on February 10, 2016 at 4:11 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

65th NBA All-Star weekend, Thursday, February 11, 2016 to Sunday, February 14, 2016, Traffic safety reminder

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 2:56 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service.

The 65th NBA All-Star weekend will run from Thursday, February 11, 2016 to Sunday, February 14, 2016. There will be events in various locations throughout Toronto. Event organizers are anticipating sell-out crowds at most of the venues.

Various road closures will be in effect around the venues, and traffic is expected to be heavier than usual.

The Toronto Police Service is urging spectators who are attending events to make safe transportation choices to and from these events.

We remind everyone who will be driving, to be responsible, plan ahead and make smart choices about your transportation.

The Toronto Police Service is also encouraging citizens to assist police in the war against impaired driving by calling 9−1−1 if they believe another driver may be impaired.

The message is clear: DO NOT DRINK OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

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 Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Safer Internet Day 2016, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on February 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Safer Internet Day 2016, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 9:46 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-8500

Today is Safer Internet Day, and the Toronto Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents and teachers of teens and tweens of the need to talk to youth about how they can keep themselves safe during online activities.

“The online risks youth face are increasingly difficult to manage,” said Signy Arnason, Director of Cybertip.ca. “For parents, the need for reliable and current educational resources to help understand better these issues and how to increase their teen’s skills and safety is crucial. We want to ensure Canadians know about our important internet safety resources and that we are here to help keep kids safe”.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through Cybertip.ca, is encouraging the public to get involved and help create a safer internet. There are several ways parents and teachers can get involved – most importantly, by talking to youth and reviewing the resources that are available online to help them. The information available at SaferInternetDay.ca, can be a good starting point for strategies for youth to be safe online.

The Toronto Police Service encourages parents and teachers to stay informed with trends in technology that may be concerning for our youth. Interested parents/teachers can sign up to receive alerts regarding concerning trends at: Cybertip.caALERTS

Any parents or teachers who have concerns about a youth being sexually exploited online should report the matter toCybertip.ca. It is also important to let youth know about the website NeedHelpNow.ca, a website that provides practical information for youth who have been affected by having a sexual picture or video shared by peers.

It is our responsibility as a society, to protect our children from those who may do them harm. We need to work together to keep our youth safe. Please help us raise awareness of Safer Internet Day on social media by tweeting and posting about the above resources using the hashtags #SID2016 and #PlayMyPart.

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 Acting D/Sgt Paul Krawczyk, Sex Crimes, Child Exploitation Section

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Super Bowl 50, Increased R.I.D.E. patrols, Sunday, February 7, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on February 4, 2016 at 5:27 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Super Bowl 50, Increased R.I.D.E. patrols, Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 20162:46 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service. On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Super Bowl 50 will take place.

There will be numerous R.I.D.E. patrols in operation throughout Toronto this weekend.

We remind everyone who will be driving to be responsible, plan ahead and make smart choices about your transportation.

Use of transit, designated drivers and taxi services are all excellent options for safe transportation. The Toronto Police Service is also encouraging citizens to assist police in the war against impaired driving by calling 9−1−1 if they believe another driver may be impaired.

The message is clear: DO NOT DRINK OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

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] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam

In Writing (all kinds) on January 26, 2016 at 6:37 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam

Tuesday, January 26, 201612:52 PM
Primary Report Intake, Management and Entry (PRIME)
416 808 2222

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing scam where people are receiving calls from unknown individuals claiming to be employees of the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canada Revenue Agency does not ask for immediate payments to be made through the following methods:

1) Western Union, Money Gram or wire-to-wire bank transfers to people who are from another province or country

2) Purchasing pre-paid credit cards or any gift cards and provide the card information over the phone

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency, please be aware and cautious regarding the information you are providing. Ask for any credentials and ask for a phone number to call once you have confirmed all the credentials. Please contact your local police to report the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online atwww.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 Sergeant Angelo Jansz, 33 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Assistance sought identifying man and woman in Theft Over $5000 investigation, Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West area

In Writing (all kinds) on January 18, 2016 at 1:41 PM
Community Alert Toronto Police Service
Assistance sought identifying man and woman in Theft Over $5000 investigation, Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West areaNews Release #33748

Broadcast time: 11:47
Monday, January 18, 2016

14 Division
416-808-1400

Case #: 2016-77168

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an investigation concerning a Theft Over $5000.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 8:21 p.m., the Toronto Police Service responded to a call at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West (https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Bathurst St & Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V/@43.6426632,-79.4043341,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x882b34dfbb4c9acb:0x5cf90a8d93b3345).

It is reported that:

– a 32-year-old man was selling a watch online, valued at $19,600

– the man agreed to meet a male and female buyer in the area of Wellington Street and Bathurst Street

– during the conversation, the suspects took the watch and fled in a waiting vehicle

The male suspect is described as approximately 6’1

Community Alert Toronto Police Service

Assistance sought identifying man and woman in Theft Over $5000 investigation, Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West area

News Release #33748

Broadcast time: 11:47
Monday, January 18, 2016

14 Division
416-808-1400

Case #: 2016-77168

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an investigation concerning a Theft Over $5000.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 8:21 p.m., the Toronto Police Service responded to a call at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Wellington Street West (https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Bathurst St & Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V/@43.6426632,-79.4043341,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x882b34dfbb4c9acb:0x5cf90a8d93b3345).

It is reported that:

– a 32-year-old man was selling a watch online, valued at $19,600

– the man agreed to meet a male and female buyer in the area of Wellington Street and Bathurst Street

– during the conversation, the suspects took the watch and fled in a waiting vehicle

The male suspect is described as approximately 6’1, 25-27, medium-to-heavy-set, with a chin strap beard, wearing a waist-length brown winter coat, with multiple tattoos including a tattoo on his right wrist of a symbol resembling a music note and another tattoo at the base of the palm of his left hand, wearing a grey Oakland Raiders baseball-style cap, with tan or camel winter boots.

The female suspect is described as approximately 5’2, 25-30, 150 lbs., black hair with a small diamond stud piercing in her left nostril, wearing a heavy winter coat, 3/4-length, possibly dark-green, with camel-coloured boots.

Link to photographs of suspects and property: http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/33748

The vehicle the suspects escaped in was possibly a four-door newer-model BMW 5 series, with a beige or tan interior, dark-blue or black exterior with tinted windows.

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, 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 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/toronto-police-service-mobile/id979126361) or Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezaxess.icampus.android.torontopolice).

For more news, visit www.TPSnews.ca.

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Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Staff Seargent Tony Paoletta, 14 Division

Message prepared by P.C. Gord Reid #1703, 14 Division.

[TPS] – Parking regulations, Public holiday enforcement

In Writing (all kinds) on December 24, 2015 at 12:02 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Parking regulations, Public holiday enforcement

Thursday, December 24, 201510:46 AM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-1600

Members of the public are reminded that most parking regulations will be in effect and enforced during the upcoming public holiday season.

The following offences will not be enforced on Friday, December 25, 2015 (Christmas Day), Saturday, December 26, 2015, (Boxing Day), and Friday, January 1, 2016 (New Year’s Day), as by-law exemptions are in effect:

On-street meter and Pay-and-Display Offences:
Payment is not required at on-street parking meters and pay-and-display machines on statutory holidays.

No Stopping and No Parking Rush Hour Routes Offences:
No Stopping and no parking rush hour routes where signs indicate a time period (e.g. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.) and also indicateMonday to Friday.

No Stopping and No Standing Offences – Except Public Holidays:
No stopping and no standing offences where signs stipulate “Except Public Holidays.”

Enforcement of all parking regulations will continue at all other times including Monday, December 28, 2015.

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 Brian Moniz, Operations Supervisor Parking Enforcement West

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on November 27, 2015 at 10:27 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency scam

Friday, November 27, 20159:21 AM
31 Division
416-808-3100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing scam where people are receiving calls from unknown individuals claiming to be employees of the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canada Revenue Agency does not ask for immediate payments to be made through the following venues:

1) Western Union, Money Gram or wire-to-wire bank transfers to people who are from another province or country

2) Purchasing pre-paid credit cards or any gift cards only to provide the card information over the phone

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency, please be aware and cautious regarding the information you are providing. Ask for any credentials and ask for a phone number to call once you have confirmed all the credentials. Please 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 Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Erwin Mendoza, 31 Division Fraud

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Sexual Assault Alert, Couple arrested in Child Gang Sexual Assault investigation, Police believe there may be other victims

In Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2015 at 2:47 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Sexual Assault Alert, Couple arrested in Child Gang Sexual Assault investigation, Police believe there may be other victims

Wednesday, November 25, 20151:42 PM
33 Division
416-808-7474

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, members of the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre arrested a man and his fiancée for the Gang Sexually Assault of a 14-year-old girl.

It is alleged that:

– the man is a math tutor

– he was the 14-year-old girl’s teacher for a number of years

– his fiancée had volunteered at the same school

– the couple befriended the girl

– the girl attended the home of the couple, in the Lawrence Avenue East and The Donway East area, on numerous occasions

– in the summer of 2014, the girl was sexually assaulted at the home by the couple

Kevin Chan, 32, and Kayla Drumonde, 23, of Toronto, are each charged with:

1) Gang Sexual Assault
2) Sexual Interference

They were scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 10 a.n., room 501.

Police believe there may be other victims. Kevin Chan has been affiliated with numerous Toronto-area schools working as a private math tutor and volunteering.

The following is a list of some of the locations he has been affiliated with:

Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate – September 2000 to June 2001
200 Fundy Bay Blvd, Toronto

Avondale Public School – September 2005 to November 2007
171 Avondale Ave, Toronto (Volunteer Teacher)

Willowdale Middle School – September 2008 to March 2009
225 Senlac Road, Toronto

Flemington Public School – March 2009 to June 2009
10 Flemington Rd, Toronto

Light in the Attic Learning, 2011
124 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto

Spirit of Math (two locations) – September 2011 to August 2014
230 The Donway West, Toronto
9291 Markham Rd, Markham

Mathnasium of Don Mills – November 2014 to November 2015
189 The Donway West, Toronto

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.

The CYAC is a partnership among local community and government agencies. It is comprised of specialized child abuse investigators from the Toronto Police Service in partnership with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Native Child & Family Services, Jewish Family & Child, SAFE-T Program (Halton Trauma Centre), Child Development Institute, the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program (The Hospital for Sick Children) and the Victim Witness Assistance Program.

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 Unitwebsite.

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 Gregory Payne, Sex Crimes

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

[TPS] – Thursday November 12, 2015, 1 p.m., #Fraudchat: Payment Card Scams

In Writing (all kinds) on November 12, 2015 at 12:21 PM
ce Service
News Release

Thursday November 12, 2015, 1 p.m., #Fraudchat: Payment Card Scams

Thursday, November 12, 201511:09 AM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7300

Financial Literacy Month takes place during November. This year’s strategy is to help Canadians manage money and debt wisely, plan and save for the future and prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse. The campaign’s goal is to bring together organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors while collaborating to promote financial literacy for Canadians of all ages. The slogan for 2015 is “Count me in, Canada”.

Today, at 1 p.m., we will be joined by our special guests Canadian Payments Association, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, and Interac to answer questions regarding Financial Literacy Month. Members of the public can follow @cdnpay, @FCACan and @Interac using the hashtag #Fraudchat 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 bi-weekly Twitter chat that takes place on a Thursday 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 of the Financial Crimes Unit and members of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, @FSCOTweets.

Since November 2012, the Financial Crimes Unit 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 Gail Regan, Financial Crimes

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Know Your Rights at the Door

In Writing (all kinds) on November 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Aggressive and questionable door-to-door water heater sales tactics have become a problem throughout
Toronto. As an informed homeowner, you should know that Enbridge, Direct Energy and government
agencies do NOT promote the exchange of water heaters door-to-door. If someone does come to your
door to service your water heater without an appointment, chances are they are there to make money by
getting you to sign a new contract.

In the event that you’re approached by a door-to-door water heater salesperson, here’s a list of DOs and DON’Ts to help you protect yourself from being a victim of fraud.

DOs:

1. Always ask the salesperson for identification and which company they represent.
2. Get additional expert opinions or estimates from your water heater provider when door-to-door
salespeople assert that a replacement product is needed.
3. Ask the salesperson if you can receive a copy of their sales material or contact information to
review. Be wary if the salesperson is hesitant of leaving behind such information.
4. If you feel pressured, ask the salesperson to leave. If you feel threatened, ask them to leave and
call the police if they do not immediately comply.

DON’Ts:

1. Don’t let the salesperson into your home.
2. Don’t show the salesperson your existing contract, monthly bills or any personal information.
3. Don’t sign a contract until you have read it carefully and understand it thoroughly.
4. Don’t sign a contract if it fails to explain that, under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, you can cancel a contract within 10 days of receiving a written copy of the agreement without incurring a
penalty of any kind.
5. Don’t be influenced by “too good to be true” offers.

[TPS] – Traffic disruptions in the downtown core – Go Jays Go!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 14, 2015 at 10:05 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Traffic disruptions in the downtown core

Wednesday, October 14, 20159:52 AM
52 Division
416-808-5200

The American League East Champion Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the American League West Champion Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

It is anticipated nearly 50,000 people will attend the game. Road closures will be in effect at the end of the game to assist with the safe exit of pedestrians and motorists leaving the area.

See previous release.

Due to these road restrictions and closures, traffic disruptions will occur within the downtown core.

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public to:

– make use of alternate routes to your destination

– utilize public transit

– car-pool where possible

– consider avoiding the area of the Rogers Centre, if not attending the game

– extend courtesy to all while travelling

– give yourself lots of extra time

Thank you and enjoy the game.

Go Jays Go!

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Arleen Duffy, 52 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Police request assistance with violent Sexual Assault investigation, Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East area, Security camera images of suspect released

In Writing (all kinds) on October 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Police request assistance with violent Sexual Assault investigation, Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East area, Security camera images of suspect released

Saturday, October 10, 20151:38 PM
53 Division
416-808-7474

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

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, at approximately 3 a.m., a 28-year-old woman exited a northbound TTC bus in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East area.

It is reported that:

– she was followed off the bus by an unknown man

– he approached her from behind

– he sexually assaulted her

– he initiated a brutal attack on the woman

– she was punched repeatedly about the head

– a violent struggle ensued

– he then fled in a northerly direction

He is described as medium complexion, 5’9”-5’11”, skinny build, 25-35, short black hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan waist-length jacket.

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.

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 Lisa Ferris, Sex Crimes

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Thursday, September 10, 2015, noon, Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Toronto Police Service welcomes 34 new recruits

In Writing (all kinds) on September 10, 2015 at 5:56 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Thursday, September 10, 2015, noon, Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Toronto Police Service welcomes 34 new recruits

Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 4:59 AM
Corporate Services Command
416-808-0603

The Toronto Police Service is pleased to be hosting a graduation ceremony for 34 new police recruits on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, starting at noon.

In attendance for this special occasion will be Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services; Chief Mark Saunders; Toronto Police Services Board member Dr. Dhun Noria, and a number of other dignitaries.

The graduating class is representative of Toronto’s diverse cultural community and brings a superior level of varied knowledge and abilities to the Service, including language skills, previous military or policing experience and post-secondary education.

The class of 34 is composed of 38.2% visible minority members, with women comprising 26.5%. Of the class, 88.2% successfully completed post-secondary education and 20.6% have previous military or policing experience. . A total of 52.9% of the class speak a language other than English. Those languages include Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, Greek, Mandarin, Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukranian and Vietnamese. Of the 18 new recruits who speak a second language, 11.8% speak two or more languages other than English.

If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding career with the Toronto Police Service, please visit our websitewww.torontopolice.on.ca/careers or call 416/808-JOIN (5646).

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Ann Marie Henry, Employment Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., Forest Manor Public School, 25 Forest Manor Road, “Are you FOCUSED on school?” Campaign launch

In Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2015 at 4:38 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., Forest Manor Public School, 25 Forest Manor Road, “Are you FOCUSED on school?” Campaign launch

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – 4:29 AM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be a service priority for the Toronto Police Service. On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 7 a.m., the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, will be launching the annual back-to-school campaign “Are you FOCUSED on school” (Frequent Offences the Community and Road Users See Every Day). This initiative will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and conclude on Friday, September 11, 2015.

Police officers, Parking Enforcement Officers, as well as representatives from the TDSB, will be on hand at Forest Manor Public School, 25 Forest Manor Road, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Officers will be conducting an enforcement initiative which will educate parents and children on back-to-school safety tips, addressing traffic safety concerns occurring in and around the school zone.

This campaign will focus on road-users who jeopardize the safety of the public through their poor decisions and behaviours. All police officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will be paying attention to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of school zones, including offences related to pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing.

Enforcement will also be targeting aggressive driving offences, prohibited turns, and distracted driving behaviours, along with “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.

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 Giancarlo Marrelli, Traffic Services

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicole’s Run, Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road

In Writing (all kinds) on August 19, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicole’s Run, Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 12:59 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, members of the Toronto Police Service, led by 22 Division, will host Nicole’s Run, at Centennial Park in Etobicoke.

Nicole’s Run is a 5K Run and 1K Family Walk to recognize the 30th anniversary of Nicole Morin’s abduction, with net proceeds going to support the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (MissingKids.ca).

The event will also feature community partners Toronto Crime Stoppers and Victim Services Toronto, as well as Police Dog Services and the Mounted Unit, along with other fun activities for younger guests such as face painting and a bouncy castle.

Special guests include the Justice League Runners.

The media is invited to attend the event:

– 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Registration
– 6:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks
– 7 p.m.: Run/Walk Start
– 8 p.m.: Candlelit Vigil

Last-minute registrations for the run will be welcome at the event or, members of the public who do not wish to run/walk are encouraged to join us for the event at no cost. Donations of any size would be appreciated.

For more information, please contact Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, at 647-530-8911 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

There are no files attached to this release.

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