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

In Writing (all kinds) on October 13, 2017 at 5:48 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 17, 2017 at 5:06 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 5:02 PM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

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

On Monday, September 18, 2017, the Service will launch a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign with a focus on traffic congestion and gridlock in the downtown core.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 12, 2017 at 5:47 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS starts recruitment process for 80 new police constables

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see the job posting, click here.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017, Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2017 at 8:52 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, September 7, 2017, to Sunday, September 17, 2017, Road closures

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 6:47 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5048

The 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be taking place at various locations throughout the downtown core from Thursday, September 7, 2017, to Sunday, September 17, 2017.

The festival will include the following theatres: Bell TIFF Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Princess of Wales, Ryerson, the AGO, Cinesphere, Scotiabank and Glenn Gould Studios.

There will also be a complete road closure associated with this event for a “Festival Street.” The Street Festival will operate from Thursday, September 7, 2017, through Monday, September 11, 2017, from 10 a.m. until midnight each day.

Road closures will start:

– from Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., to Monday, September 11, 2017, at 6 a.m., on King Street West, from Peter Street to University Avenue

There will be considerable disruption to traffic in the area as a result of this road closure and the many events taking place throughout the downtown core. Motorists are advised to consider avoiding the area and to consider the road closure when planning their travels.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2017 at 5:02 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2017 at 8:05 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on August 31, 2017 at 10:55 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Toronto Police Service unveils new police vehicle, Listening to the Community, Listening to our Members

In Writing (all kinds) on August 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service unveils new police vehicle, Listening to the Community, Listening to our Members

Monday, August 21, 2017 – 11:55 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Chief Mark Saunders unveiled the new design for the Toronto Police Service frontline vehicle.

The Toronto Police Service owns 1,612 frontline vehicles, including 40 motorcycles, 24 marine vessels, and 376 bicycles. These vehicles travelled more than 38 million kilometres in 2016.

The previous white, red and blue design has been around since 2006.

A 14-question survey was released to the public and the membership for three weeks. In total, 18,559 responses were received. That’s more than any other survey conducted by the Service.

The public and the membership agreed on 80% of the design elements. The final survey results have been released with the agenda for the next Toronto Police Services Board meeting.

The Service’s Business Intelligence & Analysis Section, with Ryerson University, tabulated and analyzed the results and new designs were created based on the results.

The new design achieves a balance between visibility, with white doors, reflective lettering and emergency lights, and professionalism, with a sleek, simple design that focuses on the word “POLICE.”

A total of 550 cars will received the new design, with the first ones expected on the road by November 2017. The redesign project will be done within the existing budget of Fleet Management. This means it will take five years to replace all frontline vehicles with the new design.

Did you know that Fleet Management is an important support unit of the Toronto Police with 114 members, many of whom are highly skilled, certified technicians? They are responsible for the cost-effective acquisition, preparation, maintenance and repair of all TPS vehicles.

Three fully equipped repair facilities, including a body shop, allow members to perform more than 8,400 services, 280 Drive Clean inspections, and over 20,000 work orders for repair, in any given year.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Operation Dry Water, Toronto Police Service teams up with Canadian Safe Boating Council to reduce impaired-related deaths

In Writing (all kinds) on August 2, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Operation Dry Water, Toronto Police Service teams up with Canadian Safe Boating Council to reduce impaired-related deaths

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 10:34 AM
Marine
416-808-5821

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.

To raise awareness and reduce alcohol-related deaths, the Toronto Police Service is joining the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch year five of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this potentially fatal practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves, and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and the TPS would like, through this initiative, to raise awareness of the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat.

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of impaired boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold.

This means you can be charged even if you are impaired while operating a canoe. A judge is able to, upon conviction, suspend your boating privileges but that’s not all. In the eyes of the law, impaired boating, like impaired operation of a motor vehicle, is a criminal offence that can have repercussions far beyond the loss of your boating privileges.

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

This initiative is made possible through the support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, Constable Richard Baker, Marine Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 30, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Statement by Chief Mark Saunders

In Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2017 at 2:33 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Statement by Chief Mark Saunders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 16, 2017 at 6:06 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

– Shoreham Drive from Murray Ross Parkway to The Pond Road

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

-Murray Ross Parkway from Steeles Avenue to Shoreham Drive

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 14, 2017 at 4:03 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

The festival will take place regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 13, 2017 at 9:45 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Strategy Management.

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 12, 2017 at 3:19 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

It is reported that:

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

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

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

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

– some victims have lost thousands of dollars

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Driver and motorcyclist safety reminders

In Writing (all kinds) on July 10, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Driver and motorcyclist safety reminders

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle rider safety tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Car driver safety tips for motorcycles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on July 5, 2017 at 12:39 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

Safety tips to help you complete your transaction online:

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

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

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

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

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

– read the advertisement completely

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

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

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

– do not provide personal information to anyone over the internet

– do not send money to receive money

– do not wire money to an individual

– do not meet the person at your home

For more information about online scams, click here.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Holiday on-street parking enforcement

In Writing (all kinds) on July 1, 2017 at 9:54 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday on-street parking enforcement

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on June 27, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

It is alleged that:

– a patient was sexually assaulted by her doctor during treatment

– the doctor is a physician at 720 Spadina Avenue

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

1) Sexual Assault

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2017 at 6:58 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

The TTC will experience minor disruptions to some surface routes.

Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:03 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

– Yorkville Avenue, from Bellair Street to 101 Yorkville Avenue

– Bellair Street, from Yorkville Avenue to Cumberland Street

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

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

– Hazelton Avenue, from Scollard Street to Yorkville Avenue

The event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 6:26 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

– College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street

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

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on May 29, 2017 at 6:12 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

Watch the video.

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

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

Learn more about helmet safety by clicking here.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on May 20, 2017 at 7:04 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday parking enforcement, Monday, May 22, 2017

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

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

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas

• Rush-Hour Routes

• Posted signs indicating Monday-to-Friday regulations

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on May 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.


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

In Writing (all kinds) on May 12, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

It is alleged that:

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

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

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

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

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

Police were called.

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

1) Assault Peace Officer

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

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

Police are concerned for his safety.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2017 at 3:52 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Wanted Federal Inmate, Trevor Moore, 34

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on April 18, 2017 at 8:09 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

It’s time for a change.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on April 14, 2017 at 9:46 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

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

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

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

Click here for original release.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

In Writing (all kinds) on April 14, 2017 at 7:05 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

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

Friday, April 14, 20176:45 PM
55 Division
416-808-5500

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

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

She is described as 5’4″, approximately 125 lbs, shoulder-length grey hair. She was last seen wearing a winter jacket, black-and-red sweater, dark-green pants, and black boots. She speaks Cantonese and very limited English.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

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 12, 2017 at 10:47 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 12, 20179:59 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, and Mayor John Tory, 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 Agincourt 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 singing performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

“The Toronto Police Service has made significant strides working with the LGBTQ communities. One of our proudest moments is celebrating the International Day of Pink,” said Deputy Chief Jim Ramer. “We will always have more work to do and we look forward to listening to these students and learning about new ways to rally behind LGBTQ youth, not just today but every day.”

“I am proud to lead a city which is seen around the world as a leader in recognizing, respecting, legislating, upholding and, as much as anything else, celebrating LGBTQ rights,” said Mayor John Tory. “But that doesn’t mean we are perfect. There is still too much bullying and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and that’s why the Day of Pink is so important. I want to commend the work students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute are doing around anti-bullying initiatives and setting an example for the rest of us.”

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 in making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Agincourt Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– You Can Play Project

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

Toronto PFLAG
Kids Help Phone
Supporting Our Youth.
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

For more information:

Meaghan Gray
TPS Corporate Communications
647-530-8911

Ryan Bird
TDSB Corporate Communications
416-540-4449

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.

[TPS] – Murali Muthyalu, 37, charged with Witchcraft, Extortion and Fraud

In Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2017 at 11:08 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Murali Muthyalu, 37, charged with Witchcraft, Extortion and Fraud

Thursday, March 30, 201711:04 AM
55 Division
416-808-5500

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of an arrest in an ongoing Fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

– during February and March 2017, a man advertised his services as an astrologer and psychic

– a 44-year-old man attended his business for psychic services and was told a sick family member had been the victim of an evil spirit

– the man was charged $101,000 to remove this evil spirit

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Murali Muthyalu, 37, a visitor from India, was arrested. He is charged with:

1) Practise Witchcraft
2) Fraud Over $5,000
3) Extortion

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 10 a.m., room 501.

The man allegedly used an alias of Master Raghav. Anyone having dealings with this man is requested to contact police.

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

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 Jonathan Morrice, 55 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

[TPS] – Najeeb Saad, 42, charged in child sexual abuse investigation, Photographs of man released

In Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Najeeb Saad, 42, charged in child sexual abuse investigation, Photographs of man released

Thursday, March 30, 201710:35 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-8500

Members of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing child sexual abuse investigation.

It is alleged that:

– a 14-year-old boy met a man on a social media platform

– the boy believed, at the time, the man was actually a boy his age

– the man sent the boy nude images over the social media platform

– the boy met the man in person

– the man sexually assaulted the boy

On Friday, March 24, 2017, police executed a search warrant in the area of Queen’s Quay West and York Street.

Najeeb Saad, 42, of Toronto, was arrested.

He has been charged with:

1) Two counts of Sexual Interference
2) Two counts of Sexual Assault
3) Luring a Child Under the Age of 16

It is further alleged that;

– Najeeb Saad uses the online profiles of “AJ S”, “AjSaad123”, “asaad942” on the following social media applications: Grindr, Snapchat and Kik.

He is known to drive a black Range Rover.

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

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

Reporting can also be made at Canada’s National Tipline for Reporting the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children at www.cybertip.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 Julie MacInnis, Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

[TPS] – Man wanted in child-luring investigation, Toronto Public Library, 620 Jane Street, Security camera images of man released

In Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Man wanted in child-luring investigation, Toronto Public Library, 620 Jane Street, Security camera images of man released

Thursday, March 30, 20179:12 AM
11 Division
416-808-1100

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance locating a man wanted in a child-luring investigation.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m., officers responded to a call for a suspicious incident at the Toronto Public Library, 620 Jane Street.

It is reported that:

– a 12-year-old boy was in the library

– a man passed him a note

– the note asked the boy to engage in sexual activity

– the boy notified library staff

– the man fled the library

The man is described as 18-20, 5’10”, thin build with black hair shaved on the sides. He was wearing black Adidas trackpants, black jacket, shirt with Blue Jays logo on it, carrying a black backpack.

Security camera images of the man are released.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Jason Hunter, 11 Division

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

[TPS] – #Fraudchat: fake endorsement & online purchase scams, Thursday March 23, 2017, 8 p.m.,

In Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2017 at 7:39 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

#Fraudchat: fake endorsement & online purchase scams, Thursday March 23, 2017, 8 p.m.,

Thursday, March 23, 20176:58 AM
Financial Crimes
416-808-7300

March is Fraud Prevention Month for Canadians to Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud. Reduce fraud by increasing fraud awareness.

This evening, at 8 pm, we will be joined by members of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to answer questions regarding fake endorsements and online purchase scams. Members of the public can follow Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes (@TPSFCU), Detective Gail Regan (@ReganFCU), Detective Constable Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU) and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (@Canantifraud), on Twitter.

To follow #fraudchat, members of the public simply need to log on to Twitter from 8 p.m. to 9 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 weekly chat that takes place on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Twitter. Launched in November 2012, this program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Detective Gail Regan (@ReganFCU) and Detective Constable Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU) of TPS Financial Crimes (@TPSFCU).

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

[TPS] – Criteria for referring a collision to Collision Reporting Centres

In Writing (all kinds) on March 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Criteria for referring a collision to Collision Reporting Centres

Wednesday, March 22, 20171:49 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

In 2016, there were 70,004 collisions reported to the Toronto Police Service. Many of these collisions (approximately 81% or 56,615) were referred to the Collision Reporting Centres (CRC) for the necessary reports to be completed.

Delays to commuters and businesses can result when minor collisions occur on city roads, and drivers wait for police to attend. In some cases, traffic congestion can result in additional collisions.

Collisions involving the following criteria will continue to be investigated at the scene of the collision:

– Personal injury collisions where the victim is taken to hospital immediately following the collision
– Involves criminality
– Involves consumption of alcohol or drug by involved drivers
– Involves a suspended or unlicensed driver
– Involves a motor vehicle found to not have a valid insurance policy in effect
– Collisions involving damage to private, municipal or highway property
– Collisions involving dangerous goods where the dangerous goods have been compromised
– Collisions that occur/reported between midnight and 6 a.m.
– Collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists and wheeled devices when reported immediately and at the scene of the collision
– Any collision referred to the CRC where the injured driver requires hospitalization prior to the completion of the CRC investigation

The locations of the CRCs are attached.

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise drivers involved in a collision that City of Toronto by-laws prohibit tow-truck operators from referring a driver/vehicle to a collision repair facility at any time. The choice of collision repair facility remains that of the registered owner of the damaged vehicle.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

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

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

Hate Bias investigation, Beecroft Road and Ellerslie Avenue area

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

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

It is reported that:

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

– these notes contained racial comments toward the residents

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

It is being investigated as a Hate Bias crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

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

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

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

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

It is alleged that:

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

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

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

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

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

– the injured were the occupants of the unit

– there were no other injuries

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

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

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

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

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

Assistance sought with multi-jurisdictional Sexual Assault investigation

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

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

It is reported that:

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

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

It is further reported that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:

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

Meaghan Gray
Toronto Police Service
416-808-7095

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

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

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

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

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

The eight-week course, designed to inform members of the public about all things policing, will be held at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, every Saturday, from April 1, 2017 to June 3, 2017. There will be no classes on holiday weekends.

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

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

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

To learn more about the Academy, including a link to the registration form, please visit the website at www.tps.on.ca/police-academy.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pour plus d’informations, visitez TPSnews.ca.

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

There are no files attached to this release.

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