Friday, March 24, 2017

Public Safety Advisory, Debit-card fraud


Public Safety Advisory, Debit-card fraud

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 9:02 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing debit-card fraud. These occurrences are not specific to one taxi company. 

There have been multiple occurrences in which a taxi operator has switched debit cards while passing the terminal/PIN pad back and forth during payment. The operator returns a different debit card from the same financial institution. The operator is then in possession of the passenger's debit card and the corresponding PIN. 

The operator's position in a taxi, particularly at night in low light, provides ample opportunity to manipulate cards out of the passenger's sight.

Police would like to warn the public to be vigilant with their debit cards/PIN
information at all times. 

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

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 Michael Rogers, 51 Division

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Update, New security camera image released


Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Update, New security camera image released

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:53 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance with an Aggravated Assault investigation.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a 55-year-old man was seriously assaulted by a man while standing outside of 339 George Street.

See previous release.

A new security camera image is released.

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

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 Corey Crawford, 51 Division



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, George Street and Dundas Street East area


Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, George Street and Dundas Street East area

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:14 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance with an Aggravated Assault investigation.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a 55-year-old man was seriously assaulted by a man while standing outside of 339 George Street.

It is reported that:

- a 55-year-old man was punched several times from behind, in the head, before being thrown to the ground and stomped on by a man

- the 55-year-old man received serious head injuries

- the man then fled the area, southbound on George Street 

The 55-year-old man is currently in hospital, in critical condition.

The suspect is described as medium build, with possibly shoulder-length wavy/curly hair, held up in a bun. He was wearing a dark winter jacket and jeans with distressed thighs.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the assault, recorded video on their cell phone or dashboard car camera in the area, or anyone who may have any information regarding this assault, to contact police.

Security camera images of the man are released.

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

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 Corey Crawford, 51 Division



Criteria for referring a collision to Collision Reporting Centres



Criteria for referring a collision to Collision Reporting Centres

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 1:49 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 shown below.

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.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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



Monday, March 20, 2017

Water-safety message from Toronto Police Service Marine Unit, Ice and water conditions


Water-safety message from Toronto Police Service Marine Unit, Ice and water conditions

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:32 AM
Marine:  416-808-5821

The Toronto Police Service Marine Unit would like to remind residents in Toronto to stay off natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water because of significant safety concerns for the public and their pets. 

With temperatures this week, and predicted warmer temperatures approaching, Toronto Police Service Marine Unit is advising that open water and Storm Water Management pond ice in Toronto is unstable and never truly safe.

As spring run-off starts, road salt can also make its way into Toronto’s lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. This increases the instability of ice. Storm water sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in our parks, including Grenadier Pond at High Park.

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE…PLEASE STAY OFF THE ICE...AND IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1.

For further information or questions, please contact the Marine Unit at 416-808-5821.

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 Richard Baker, Marine Unit

Friday, March 17, 2017

Homicide #22/2016, Parliament Street and Richmond Street East, Michael Teddy Gibson, 30, wanted for First-Degree Murder Update, Video appeal



Homicide #22/2016, Parliament Street and Richmond Street East, Michael Teddy Gibson, 30, wanted for First-Degree Murder Update, Video appeal

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:59 AM
Homicide:  416-808-7400

Homicide is highlighting its Most Wanted list and Cold Cases through a series of weekly video appeals for information.

Michael Teddy Gibson, 30, of Toronto, is wanted for First-Degree Murder in the shooting death of Julian Weekes, 27.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 2:03 a.m., officers came across Weekes lying on the sidewalk, nearParliament Street and Richmond Street East. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Gibson was last seen in the Toronto area on April 5, 2016 and may have fled the country.

"Anyone who might be assisting, or has assisted, Gibson will be held accountable and may be arrested for Accessory After the Fact to Murder," Detective Sergeant Michael Patterson said.

Watch video appeal



He is considered armed and dangerous. If located, do not approach. Call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, 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.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant, Homicide

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Toronto widow loses home and life savings to fraud, Crime-prevention advice provided


Toronto widow loses home and life savings to fraud, Crime-prevention advice provided

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:14 AM
Financial Crimes:  416-808-7300

Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes is currently investigating a case involving a Toronto widow who was defrauded of her life savings and possessions. 

The victim, a former City of Toronto employee, was initially defrauded of approximately $40,000 through a romance scam, in which the fraud suspect(s) used the internet to develop an apparent long-term relationship with the victim and were able to convince her to assist them with a series of falsified financial issues. In this case, the suspect(s) were also able to convince the victim to sell her condominium and use the proceeds of the sale in pursuit of an alleged court-ordered "compensation" of $22 million, issued by the Nigerian courts.

Using the assumed identities of real persons employed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United Nations, the suspect(s) convinced the victim that she could claim a court award if she sent money to them to cover various fees, taxes and bribes of local officials in Nigeria. The scheme was a complex and lengthy one, involving fake news releases confirming the award and taking place over a period of seven years. In pursuit of her alleged "compensation," the victim was ultimately defrauded of an additional $400,000.

TPS Financial Crimes is reminding members of the public to be extremely cautious when communicating over the internet with strangers, particularly when being solicited for money, regardless of how sincere the request may seem.

If you believe you have been victimized through fraud, contact your local police service to report it. Members of the public are reminded that legitimate law enforcement rarely contacts individuals through social media or the internet and never solicits any kind of payment of fees for services rendered.

TPS Financial Crimes wishes to remind people of the resources available to them to help identify fraud scams. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is available for victims or persons targeted by Fraudsters to report the incident online or by phone at 1-888-495-8501. Victims of fraud should also report the incident to their local police service.

Anyone with information, questions or concerns is asked to contact Detective Alan Spratt of Toronto Police Financial Crimes-Mass Marketing Section at 416-808-7300, 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 Detective Sergeant Ian Nichol, Financial Crimes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Missing woman, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Marsha Clarke, 38


Missing woman, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Marsha Clarke, 38

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:08 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Marsha Clarke, 38, was last seen on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., in the George Street and Dundas Street East area.

She is described as 5', 160 lbs., with brown eyes and short black hair. She was last seen wearing a red toque, a blue winter jacket and carrying a blue backpack.

Police are concerned for her safety.

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

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 Gherardt Williams, 51 Division


Missing woman, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Marsha Clarke, 38

Missing woman, George Street and Dundas Street East area, Marsha Clarke, 38


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Media advisory, March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 13, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017


Media advisory, March Break, March Safe Campaign, Monday, March 13, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:14 PM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

From Monday, March 13, 2017, to Sunday, March 19, 2017, the Toronto Police Service will be conducting the annual March Break, March Safe campaign.

It 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.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, and 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 Users' Tips

Parents and caregivers can help 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 potential 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 the vehicles ahead
- In fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full headlighting 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 travelled 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.

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

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Recent spike in residential Break-and-Enters, Crime-prevention advice


Recent spike in residential Break-and-Enters, Crime-prevention advice

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:57 PM
42 Division:  416-808-4200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a significant spike in recent residential Break-and-Enters (increase of 43 per cent, year to date) over the past eight weeks in 42 Division. The majority of these break-ins have occurred during daytime hours.

The suspect(s) have been targeting homes, where the fronts of the residences are either concealed or obstructed by overgrown bushes, hedges, trees or glass enclosure vestibules.

In several of these break-ins, investigation has revealed that the suspects had been acting as door-to-door solicitors or canvassing in an attempt to avoid suspicion or detection.

In some of these Break-and-Enters, residents or neighbours were home at the time of the offence, confronted the suspects and called other family members first or waited a significant amount of time before calling the police, resulting in long delays in the reporting of these entries.

The Toronto Police Service, 42 Division, would like the assistance of the public in reporting suspicious person(s) and behaviour in their neighbourhoods.

One of the most effective tools the police have for fighting and preventing crime is you. the people of our community. You know who lives and works in your area and who doesn't appear to belong or is acting suspicious.

What makes a person a suspicious person?


• Knocking on your door and asking for a random name or address
• Walking slowly along the street appearing to case out properties
• Looking into cars and walking onto personal property of others
• Door-to-door solicitors who don’t have proper identification/literature or knowledge of the product(s) or service(s) that they are supposedly soliciting.(e.g. lawn care and not being able to provide a price list or quote of services offered)
• Person(s) found on private property, in areas that are not normally accessible to members of the public. (e.g. in a backyard behind a gate/fence or secured garages)

What to do if you see a suspicious person?

• Observe the person's movements and direction of travel
• Obtain the best detailed description of the suspicious person(s)
• Do not count on others to call the police
• Report suspicious people or vehicles on your street or neighbourhood to the police at 416-808-2222
• If you are a witness of, or the victim of, a Break-and-Enter in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately.

How to increase your own personal and home security

• If a stranger comes to your door, do not let him or her in and always ask for identification
• Have monitored alarm and video security systems installed
• Keep list of serial numbers for home electronics
• Don’t keep large amounts of jewellery or money at home. Use a secured safe
• Make sure that your front door is clearly visible to pedestrian traffic. If shielded by overgrown shrubbery, cut, trim or remove any overgrown shrubbery or trees
• Lighting can be a great security measure. Consider installing lights controlled by switch timer or motion detectors
• Make certain that ladders ropes or any other tool that would make it easier for someone to gain entry into your home are locked securely away
• Remove any garbage or recycling containers from the bottom of driveways

If you see someone doing something you know is illegal, or locate an authorized person in a secure area, call the police right away. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get to you and the better our chances of locating the person you saw.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS(8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Gerry Heaney, 42 Division

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Police seek assistance identifying man and woman in stabbing investigation, Dundas Street East and Dalhousie Street


Police seek assistance identifying man and woman in stabbing investigation, Dundas Street East and Dalhousie Street

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3:15 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking assistance with a stabbing investigation.

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at approximately 4 p.m., a 34-year-old man was walking his dog in theDundas Street East and Dalhousie Street area. 

It is reported that:

- the 34-year-old man had been walking his dog westbound on Dundas Street East when he unintentionally made contact with another man 

- the man removed a knife from his pocket and proceeded to stab the 34-year-old man multiple times in the ribs and back area

- the man and a woman fled the area, leaving northbound on Dalhousie Street

- the 34-year-old man was taken to hospital and received treatment for his injuries

- the dog was taken to a local shelter

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the stabbing, recorded video on their cell phone or dashboard car camera in the area, or anyone who may have any information regarding this stabbing, to contact police.

The man is described as white, tanned skin, 5'2" – 5'5", with a thin build, wearing a black parka, blue jeans, toque, and black shoes.

The woman is described as black with light skin, wearing a brown bomber-style jacket, white sneakers with red socks, and carrying a knapsack. 

The 34-year-old man received treatment in hospital, was released, and reunited with his dog. 

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

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 Corey Crawford, 51 Division

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Man wanted in firearms offences investigation, Jordan Bacchus, 27, Photograph released


Man wanted in firearms offences investigation, Jordan Bacchus, 27, Photograph released

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance locating a man wanted for multiple firearms-related offences.

It is alleged that:

- on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Toronto Police Service executed search warrants at addresses in Toronto in relation to Jordan Bacchus, 27, of Toronto

- he was not located at the time the warrants were executed

He is described as 6'1", thin build.

He was last observed driving a charcoal-colored Infiniti four-door automobile in the Christie Street and Dupont Street area.

He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Call 9-1-1.

Police are requesting that anyone aware of his whereabouts contact police immediately.

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

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 Timothy Walther, 51 Division


Jordan Bacchus, 27, wanted in firearms offences investigation

Monday, February 20, 2017

Media advisory, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, Distracted Driving Campaign kick-off, "That Text or Call Could End It All"


Media advisory, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, Distracted Driving Campaign kick-off, "That Text or Call Could End It All"

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 6:59 PM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Toronto Police Service Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., the Toronto Police Service will launch "That Text or Call Could End It All," safety campaign.

This safety campaign will start on Monday, February 20, 2017, and finish on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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.

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

Police request assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, Parliament Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East


Police request assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, Parliament Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:47 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to request assistance with an Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

- on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at approximately 7 p.m., a 62-year-old man was in a parking lot in theParliament Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East area

- he was working for a designated driver company and was in the process of picking up a customer at a boat cruise terminal

- he became engaged in a verbal interaction with another male motorist

- that male motorist threw a cup of coffee at him

- he exited his vehicle and was punched in the head by the male motorist

- he received serious, life-altering injuries as a result

The male motorist is described as black, wearing all-white clothing. Information was received that the boat cruise was hosting a "white" clothing party.

There were several people in the area who witnessed this incident. Police would like to speak with them.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Andrew Nanton, 51 Division

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017. Distracted Driving Campaign, "That Text or Call Could End It All"


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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Public Safety Alert, Queen Street West and Bathurst Street area, Contaminated street drugs


Public Safety Alert, Queen Street West and Bathurst Street area, Contaminated street drugs

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 2:32 PM
14 Division:  416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to notify the public about an incident involving what could be contaminated street drugs

It is reported that:

- on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, a man, 28, consumed a substance suspected to be heroin in theQueen Street West and Bathurst Street area

- the man overdosed on this substance and subsequently died 

- it is suspected this heroin may be laced with fentanyl

Anyone coming into contact with a substance suspected to be heroin should exercise extreme caution. 

The public is also asked to use extreme caution and to call police immediately should any potentially dangerous items be located in parks or public areas.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Luigi Catenaccio, 14 Division

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street


Police seek assistance with Aggravated Assault investigation, Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:44 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is seeking assistance with an Aggravated Assault investigation.

On Friday, February 10, 2017, at approximately 10 a.m., a woman was assaulted on the corner of Sherbourne Street and Queen Street East.

It is reported that:

- a 35-year-old woman was seriously assaulted by another woman 

- the 35-year-old woman was punched several times in the head before being thrown into a moving TTC bus

- the woman fled the area, leaving northbound on Sherboune Street

The 35-year-old woman is in hospital, in critical condition, with serious head injuries.

The woman is described as having a pale-white complexion, approximately 30, red hair. She was wearing a black jacket, grey hoodie, blue jeans and black boots 

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the assault, recorded video on their cell phone or dashboard car camera, or anyone who may have any information regarding this assault, to contact police.

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

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 Corey Crawford, 51 Division

Monday, February 13, 2017

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


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

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 2:32 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 

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