Thursday, May 17, 2018

Police warn about scam targeting Chinese people


Police warn about scam targeting Chinese people

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:04 AM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of a scam targeting Chinese people.

Police dealt with several occurrences in November 2017 and another in May 2018.

It was reported that:

- unknown person(s) are contacting Chinese people
- they are told to go into hiding or their family in China will be hurt
- they are also told not to use social media or cell phones

It is further reported that:
- these unknown person(s) then contact the families in China
- they tell the family that their son or daughter has been kidnapped
- a demand for a large ransom is made

Police were in contact with all the victims of the scam.

Police would like to remind the public to be vigilant and contact police immediately if they feel they are involved in this scam.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2222, 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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications


Monday, May 14, 2018

Missing man, Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East area, Frederick Peacock, 55


Missing man, Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East area, Frederick Peacock, 55

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:55 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance locating a missing man.

Frederick Peacock, 55, was last seen on the morning of Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East area.

He is described as 5’10", 170 lbs., medium build, short grey-brown hair, white-grey beard. There is no clothing description at this time.

Police are concerned for his safety.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Jason Lee, 51 Division


Missing man Frederick Peacock, 55

Friday, May 11, 2018

Missing woman, Sherbourne Street and Shuter Street area, Brooke Bowers, 26


Missing woman, Sherbourne Street and Shuter Street area, Brooke Bowers, 26

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Brooke Bowers, 26, was last seen on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the Sherbourne Street and Shuter Street area.

She is described as 5’6", slim build, short dark hair, brown eyes. There is no clothing description available.

Police are concerned for his safety.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Gary Long, Corporate Communications, for Detective Dave Wallace, 51 Division



Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Community Complaints to 51 Division TPS Made Easier


Community Complaints to 51 Division TPS Made Easier

Are you experiencing/witnessing an ongoing, non-emergency such as trespassing or other nuisance issues? Visit https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/community-complaints/ to quickly and directly submit a report online! Try to provide as much detail as you can (descriptions, clothing, make, model, colour, etc.) and include your full contact information so that an officer can follow up with you if they have questions. By using this form you are helping Toronto Police Services in 51 Division better understand our community and our needs. Keep in mind that TPS resources are allocated according to calls, so the more you call or submit complaints, the more officers will be allocated to your area!

Friday, May 04, 2018

GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, Sunday, May 6, 2018, Road closures


GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, Sunday, May 6, 2018, Road closures

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:47 AM
Public Safety - Special Events:  416-808-5048

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, the 24th Good Life Fitness Toronto Marathon will be held.

The event will consist of a full marathon, relay marathon, half marathon, 10km run and 5km run and walk.

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

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

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

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

As a result, the following road closures will take place:

- Beecroft Road, Elmhurst Avenue to Horsham Avenue (with exception of northbound lane for access to condominium), from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Ellerslie Avenue, Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Churchill Avenue, Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- North York Boulevard, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Elmhurst Avenue, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Park Home Avenue, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- southbound Yonge Street, from Horsham Avenue to Highway 401, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Highway 401, southbound Yonge Street ramps, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Yonge Street, from Highway 401 to York Mills Road, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- southbound Yonge Street, from York Mills Road to Eglinton Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Yonge Street, from Eglinton Avenue to Chaplin Crescent, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Yonge Street, Chaplin Crescent to Aylmer Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- westbound Chaplin Crescent, Yonge Street to Oriole Parkway, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Oriole Parkway, Chaplin Crescent to Lonsdale Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- westbound Lonsdale Road, Avenue Road to Spadina Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- northbound Forest Hill Road, Lonsdale Road to Kilbarry Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Warren Road, Kilbarry Road to Lonsdale Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Spadina Road, Lonsdale Road to Austin Terrace, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- westbound Austin Terrace, Spadina Road to Walmer Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- southbound Walmer Road/Kendal Avenue, Austin Terrace to MacPherson Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- eastbound MacPherson Avenue, Kendal Avenue to Davenport Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Davenport Road, MacPherson Avenue to Dupont Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- westbound curb lane Davenport Road, Dupont Street to Belmont Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Belmont Street, Davenport Road to Yonge Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Aylmer Avenue, Yonge Street to Rosedale Valley Road, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Rosedale Valley Road, Aylmer Road to Bayview Avenue, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Bayview Avenue, Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Lawren Harris Square, Bayview Avenue to Lower River Street, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Lower River Street, Bayview Avenue to King Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- eastbound King Street East, River Street to Wilkins Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Sumach Street, King Street East to Eastern Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- westbound Eastern Avenue, Sumach Street to Front Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- westbound Front Street East, Eastern Avenue to Wellington Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- westbound Wellington Street, Front Street East to John Street, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- southbound John Street, Wellington Street West to Front Street West, from 7 a.m. to noon
- westbound Front Street West, John Street to Bathurst Street, from 7 a.m. to noon
- southbound Bathurst Street, Front Street West to Fort York Boulevard, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- southbound Fort York Boulevard, Bathurst Street to Lake Shore Boulevard West, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- eastbound Marine Parade Drive, Humber Bay Park East to Waterfront Drive, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Waterfront Drive, Marine Parade Drive to Palace Pier Court, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard curb Lane, Humber River to Remembrance Drive (with access to roads on the south side when safe to do so), from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Public Safety - Special Events


Friday, April 27, 2018

TPS Homicide updates investigation into Yonge Street tragedy


TPS Homicide updates investigation into Yonge Street tragedy

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM
Homicide:  416-808-7100

At a news conference in the media gallery at headquarters at 3 p.m., on Friday, April 27, 2018, Homicide Inspector Bryan Bott updated the media on the investigation into the Yonge Street tragedy.

Inspector Bott released the names of the deceased:

Women
1) Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, Toronto
2) Andrea Bradden, 33, Woodbridge
3) Geraldine Brady, 83, Toronto
4) So He Chung, 22, Toronto
5) Anne Marie D’Amico, 30, Toronto
6) Mary Elizabeth Forsyth, 94, Toronto
7) Ji Hun Kim, 22, Toronto
8) Dorothy Sewell, 80, Toronto


Men
9) Chul Min Kang, 45, Toronto
10) Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, 85, Toronto

Updating the investigation, Inspector Bott said, "The response from the public has been overwhelming. Investigators have interviewed 170 witnesses as of this morning and have in excess of 100 interviews to be completed. I would like to thank the members of the public who have accessed the Toronto Police Service Web portal. We currently have 100-plus images that have been uploaded.

To view the news conference, click here.



For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Bryan Bott, Homicide


TPS Homicide updates investigation into Yonge Street tragedy


TPS Homicide updates investigation into Yonge Street tragedy

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM
Homicide:  416-808-7100

At a news conference in the media gallery at headquarters at 3 p.m., on Friday, April 27, 2018, Homicide Inspector Bryan Bott updated the media on the investigation into the Yonge Street tragedy.

Inspector Bott released the names of the deceased:

Women
1) Beutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, Toronto
2) Andrea Bradden, 33, Woodbridge
3) Geraldine Brady, 83, Toronto
4) So He Chung, 22, Toronto
5) Anne Marie D’Amico, 30, Toronto
6) Mary Elizabeth Forsyth, 94, Toronto
7) Ji Hun Kim, 22, Toronto
8) Dorothy Sewell, 80, Toronto

Men
9) Chul Min Kang, 45, Toronto
10) Munir Abdo Habib Najjar, 85, Toronto

Updating the investigation, Inspector Bott said, "The response from the public has been overwhelming. Investigators have interviewed 170 witnesses as of this morning and have in excess of 100 interviews to be completed. I would like to thank the members of the public who have accessed the Toronto Police Service Web portal. We currently have 100-plus images that have been uploaded.

To view the news conference, click here.



For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Bryan Bott, Homicide

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the Yonge Street tragedy


Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the Yonge Street tragedy

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 3:22 PM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

The city of Toronto has been put on the world stage many times. From significant sporting events to major international festivals, we have become a preferred destination for tourists and event organizers because Toronto is known to be friendly, culturally diverse and, ultimately, safe.

On Monday April 23, 2018, our city was once again on the world stage but, this time, because a horrible act of violence claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14. As the tragedy unfolded, this city banded together, volunteers flocked to help, first-responders did what they do best, and emergency medical personnel proved, once again, they are best-in-class.

The world watched as Constable Ken Lam relied on his training to de-escalate a situation and safely take a suspect into custody. He, along with so many others, responded bravely and without hesitation to that incident. They represent the best of us. They serve as exceptional examples of why the members of the Toronto Police Service are referred to as “Toronto’s finest” and I am proud of them.

While most incidents never reach this level of tragedy, on Monday cameras recorded the training our officers receive and exercise every single day. It is this training, with a focus on all aspects of decision-making, which results in force being used in less than 0.05% of all contacts we have with the public. It is a part of what makes our Service great.

The Toronto Police Service is undergoing a major modernization effort and I have made it clear, many times, that although we are transforming, we are starting from a place that is already great. Our people represent that foundation of excellence. The values we look for in future police officers speak about doing the right thing, connecting with compassion, having the ability to reflect and grow, and having service at their core. I see these reflected in our people every day, and they were spotlighted this week.

These values are why so many of us chose policing as a career, to make a difference and to be leaders inside the Service and our communities. It is a desire to serve and it is a calling for our officers.

The Toronto Police Service offers the opportunity to be a leader and partner in our communities and experience civic duty in action. Our members have the ability to work within various facets of policing, whether it is in frontline uniform duties, specialized operations, or complex investigative work. Many of these functions are unique to policing a big city like Toronto. They are provided the best training throughout their career, with additional opportunities to enhance their skills, abilities and knowledge base.

As the Chief of the Toronto Police Service, I am contacted almost daily from other police executives from around the world as they express interest in what is happening here. This week, record numbers of calls have been pouring in to offer support, express condolences and compliment the actions of all emergency service personnel.

I sincerely hope that no other attack like the happens again. However, as we move forward, we will continue to work, proactively, with our communities, to keep our city safe. We will also strive to recruit officers and civilian members who have the same kind of honourable character that we all saw in action this week and, as Chief, I get to see every day.

The city of Toronto deserves nothing less.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Chief Mark Saunders



Monday, April 23, 2018

Toronto Police Service offer assistance to family and friends of victims, Hotline created


Toronto Police Service offer assistance to family and friends of victims, Hotline created

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM
32 Division:  416-808-3200

On Monday, April 23, 2018, at about 1:30 p.m., police were called to a collision in the area of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East. It was reported that a van had mounted the curb and a number of pedestrians had been struck.

The van has been seized and the driver was arrested.

Victims are still being identified. However, anyone missing a friend or family member can call Toronto Police at 416-808-8085.

Police are also asking the public to please refrain from calling 9-1-1 unless they are in a life or death emergency.

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.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Police seek assistance identifying male in Fraud Investigation, Security camera images of male released


Police seek assistance identifying male in Fraud Investigation, 
Security camera images of male released


Broadcast time: 09:54 Thursday, April 12, 2018

51 Division:  416-808-5100

Case #: 2017-3203109

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance identifying a male in a Fraud investigation. 

It is reported that: 

- between Thursday December 14, 2017 and Friday, December 15, 2017, a male attended four different banks, posing as a client, and withdrew $22,200 from a 37-year-old man's account 

It is further reported that: 

- the male used fake identification to access the account 

Security camera images of the male have been 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. 

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.


Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Peter Brady, 51 Division



Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Slow Down Toronto, Campaign Results


Slow Down Toronto, Campaign Results

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:22 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

From Monday, March 19, 2018, to Sunday, April 1, 2018, the Toronto Police Service conducted a city wide traffic initiative. Speed reduction continues to be a main focus of Vision Zero and of the Toronto Police Service.

Over 6,800 provincial offence notices were issued during this campaign.

The top infractions were:

  • Speeding - 4,122
  • Disobey Stop Sign Offences - 871
  • Disobey Sign - 737
  • Distracted Driving - 443
  • Red light offences - 338
  • Unsafe lane changes - 196
Vision Zero acknowledges that collisions are going to happen, but that Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions are preventable and unacceptable. The Toronto Police Service is committed to Vision Zero and to working collaboratively with our partner agencies in pursuit of this vision.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement


Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:47 PM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-6600

The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the upcoming holidays: Good Friday on Friday March 30, 2018, Easter Sunday on Sunday April 1, 2018, and Easter Monday on April 2, 2018:

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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


Friday, March 23, 2018

Police request assistance identifying man in Assault with a Weapon investigation


Police request assistance identifying man in Assault with a Weapon investigation

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance identifying a man in an Assault with a Weapon investigation.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 3:20 p.m. officers responded to a call for an Assault at the Tim Horton’s at 261 Yonge Street.

It is reported that:

- a man entered the restaurant, ordered a coffee and began yelling at the cashier,

- the manager asked the man to leave,

- the man threw a cup of hot coffee in the manager's face,

- he then fled the scene.

The man is described as approximately 40 years old, with a medium build, a beard and was wearing glasses with black frames. He was also wearing a black jacket and a blue shirt.

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.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mary MacNaughton, 51 Division



Police request assistance identifying man in Assault with a Weapon investigation

Toronto Police Modernization Plan, The Review of Year One and A Look Ahead


Toronto Police Modernization Plan, The Review of Year One and A Look Ahead

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:45 PM
Strategy Management:  416-808-7018

Yesterday at the Toronto Police Services Board monthly meeting, the Toronto Police Service shared a “Year in Review” of the modernization plan currently being implemented. The presentation included a look ahead at some exciting changes for the upcoming year.

The Year in Review highlights included:

- Creation of the implementation team comprised of members with the operational perspective of the Service and external expertise to create the right environment to begin work on significant projects.

- Creation of a Modernization Scorecard, updated regularly, for Service Members and the public to view at The Way Forward.

- Launch of the new Public Safety Data Portal.

- The Service-wide implementation of the Community Investigative Support Unit (C.I.S.U) is nearing completion. These units are able to take lower priority calls, enabling the frontline to focus on priority calls that require an immediate police presence.

- The successful launch, at 51 Division, of the Connected Officer Program that resulted in 236 frontline members now equipped with mobile technology that provides needed real-time information in the field.

- The creation and launch of Human Resource’s New People and Core Competencies available at The People Plan.

- A Council approved decision for the Service’s new site for 54 and 55 Division at Coxwell and Danforth.

- The service reallocation of the Life Guard Program to the City of Toronto.

A Look Ahead includes:

- Receiving the final Organizational Culture Assessment report which evaluates our current culture against our desired future state. Service members and the public can expect to hear about the outcomes in the spring.

- Continued work on Divisional boundary changes and facilities realignment. This is a multi-year project and there will be significant internal and external engagement to help everyone understand how the “lines on the map” were created, what they will mean and when everyone can expect to see changes.

- The next location for the expansion of the Connected Officer Program will be announced this spring.

- Starting this summer, the Service will be working with the City to fill vacant Crossing Guard positions with qualified civilians – police officers will no longer be deployed for Crossing Guard duties.

- Continued work with various partners to help build the framework for the Neighbourhood Officer Program.

“We have had some significant breakthroughs in our first year of implementation and I appreciate all the hard work that has us poised to do even more this year,” explained Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. “We know the appetite for change is high. I am looking forward to increasing engagement with our members and the public about our modernization plan, including the realignment of our organization from our current model of 17 Divisions to a new model with 10 Districts. This move will allow us to be more flexible in our deployment and more effective in sharing resources. It will mean more support for members and it will mean better service to the public,” commented Chief Saunders.

The next quarterly report will take place at the Toronto Police Services Board meeting in May.

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

To read more about this and the entire Action Plan: The Way Forward, click here.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications


Sunday, March 18, 2018

International Human Trafficking Training & Awareness Conference, Opening ceremonies


Media advisory, Monday, March 19, 2018, 8 a.m., Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, International Human Trafficking Training & Awareness Conference, Opening ceremonies

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 7:29 PM
Sex Crimes:  416-808-8385

On Monday, March 19, 2018, at 8 a.m., at the Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police, will open the first International Human Trafficking Training & Awareness Conference.

The conference will feature speakers from all over the world, who will share their expertise and experiences with human trafficking investigations. Topics include: case studies from law enforcement agencies, stories from survivors, and the use of data analytics in the fight against human trafficking.

Opening ceremonies are open to the media and will include remarks by Chief Mark Saunders; OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes; Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde; MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Ms. Laurie Scott; and Director of the Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, Ms. Jennifer Richardson.

For more information, please contact Meaghan Gray at 416-808-7095 or meaghan.gray@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunziato Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team


"Slow Down Toronto" campaign kick-off


Media advisory, Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:30 a.m., Cornell Junior Public School, 61 Holmfirth Terrace, "Slow Down Toronto" campaign kick-off

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:59 PM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service is an important partner in Vision Zero: Toronto's Road Safety Plan.

On Monday, March 19, 2018, at 7:30 a.m., “Slow Down Toronto” will kick-off at Cornell Junior Public School, 61 Holmfirth Terrace.

Speakers at this event will include:

  • Mayor John Tory
  • Deputy Chief Peter Yuen
  • Councillor Paul Ainslie
  • Barbara Gray, General Manager, Transportation Services
  • Yvonne de Wit, Director, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Toronto Public Health
Other guests in attendance will include:
  • TDSB Director of Education John Malloy
  • TDSB Chair of the Board Robin Pilkey
  • Cornell Junior Public School Trustee Jerry Chadwick
  • School Superintendent Kerry Lynn Stadnyk
  • School Principal Maureen Coyle
Vision Zero acknowledges that collisions are inevitable but that killed and seriously injured (KSI) collisions on the roads of Toronto are preventable and unacceptable. The Toronto Police Service is committed to Vision Zero and to working collaboratively with our partner agencies in pursuit of this vision.

The "Slow Down Toronto" campaign will start on Monday, March 19, 2018 and conclude on Sunday, April 1, 2018. During this campaign, the Toronto Police Service will focus traffic enforcement efforts on offences identified as major contributors to KSI collisions. These include offences such as speeding, distracted driving, and all offences indicating aggressive driving behaviour.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services

Friday, March 16, 2018

Public Safety Alert, Series of thefts in the downtown core, Security camera images of man released


Public Safety Alert, Series of thefts in the downtown core, Security camera images of man released

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 3:10 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a series of thefts in the downtown core.

It is reported that:

- from August 2017 until March 2018, a man has stolen bags, credit cards, electronics and other items, from several professional- and university-related properties.

Security camera images of man 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.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Sheraz Arshad, 51 Division





Media advisory Monday, March 19, 2018 through Sunday, April 1, 2018, March Safe - pedestrian and school zone safety campaign


Media advisory Monday, March 19, 2018 through Sunday, April 1, 2018, March Safe - pedestrian and school zone safety campaign

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 8:14 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service will be conducting the March Safe pedestrian and school zone safety campaign from Monday, March 19, 2018, through Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Collision analysis has shown that, on average, 50-60% of all our fatalities involve pedestrians. To date, 80% of all the fatalities reported this year have involved pedestrians. Last year, 36 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 58% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto. To date, 54% of pedestrian fatalities have involved pedestrians who are seniors.

Officers will be paying special attention to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who commit traffic violations that may jeopardize pedestrian safety. Parking Enforcement Officers will also be focusing on parking offences that may compromise the safety of pedestrians. Particular attention will be given to all intersection-related offences, pedestrian crosswalk violations, and pedestrians crossing in mid-block locations.

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 drivers, pedestrians, 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.

Driver Safety Tips

- a driver who is aware and alert can avoid potential hazards and other distractions.
- 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 rearview and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed

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

Let's all work together to make the rest of the year safe.

Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Missing man located, Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area, Zhong Yu, 92


Missing man located, Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area, Zhong Yu, 92

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:50 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Zhong Yu, 92, was last seen on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 3 p.m., in the Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area.

See previous release.

He was located on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at approximately 9:45 p.m.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Katrina Arrogante, Corporate Communications

Missing man, Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area, Zhong Yu, 92


Missing man, Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area, Zhong Yu, 92

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance locating a missing man.

Zhong Yu, 92, was last seen on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 3 p.m., in the Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area.

He is described as 5'6", skinny build, with white hair, and bushy eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with yellow writing on the left chest area and dark pants.

Police are concerned for his safety.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Katrina Arrogante, Corporate Communications, for Detective Corey Crawford, 51 Division



Friday, March 09, 2018

Statement from Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders


Statement from Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 4:50 PM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

There is no higher priority for the Toronto Police Service - or for me as Chief than the safety of the city and the confidence of the public.

For this reason, when questions related to the past encounter with Bruce McArthur came to light I immediately launched a Professional Standards investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.

With the various reviews and the ongoing homicide investigation, it has become increasingly frustrating for the community to not get the answers they are looking for.

I want to provide reassurance that we are taking their concerns seriously, that we see this as an opportunity to improve our police service and build our relationship with the community.

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

1. Finalized plans for a dedicated Missing Persons Unit, tasked with the responsibility of reviewing and updating the status of missing person reports currently on file and with investigating high-priority, historic cases and new reports

2. Engaged in a robust community outreach plan that includes in-person presentations by Deputy Chief of Police Barbara McLean and LGBTQ Liaison Officer Danielle Bottineau

3. A Professional Standards review of the Tess Richey and Alloura Wells cases where serious questions have arisen that concern the community and me.

Each of these actions is clear and concrete. As well, with the support of Police Board Chair Andy Pringle and Mayor Tory, I am pursuing an independent external review. My hope is that such a review will consider not only our investigative processes but take a hard look at systemic issues of bias of any kind. I believe these issues are serious enough to warrant a review.

I have been working over the last ten days with officials and counterparts in the provincial government to explore what independent review or reviews might be possible without prejudging any current investigations or any future prosecutions. That work continues.

I appreciate the full support I have had from the Chair and the Mayor and I look forward to speaking on these issues more fully at the March 22nd Board meeting.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize my gratitude to the members of the community who have assisted us and who have continued to support us. The Toronto Police Service is committed to ensuring their trust is not only maintained but strengthened in response to these legitimate questions and issues.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications


31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 12 p.m., Road closures


31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 12 p.m., Road closures

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:00 PM
Public Safety - Special Events:  416-808-5048

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 12 p.m., the 31st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place. The procession will start from Bloor St. W. and St. George St., and continue along Bloor Street, then south on Yonge Street, west on Queen Street West to Nathan Phillips Square.

As a result of the event, a full road closure will take place on Bloor Street, Yonge Street, and Queen Street. A number of secondary roads will also be closed or partially closed, affecting traffic flow in the area. The closures are listed below:

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
St. George Street from Bloor Street West to College Street
Devonshire Place from Bloor Street West to Hoskin Avenue

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
Hoskin Avenue from St. George Street to Queens Park Crescent West
Harbord Street from St. George Street to Huron Street

11:55 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bloor Street from Huron Street to Yonge Street
Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street
Queen Street West from Yonge Street to University Avenue

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bay Street from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
Elizabeth Street from Dundas Street West to Hagerman Street
Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street

12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street. West
Armoury Street from University Avenue. to Chestnut Street
Centre Avenue from Dundas Street West to Armoury Street

TTC service will be disrupted during the event on Queen Street West.

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions. Members of the public should anticipate traffic disruptions, in the area surrounding the event.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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


Media Advisory March Break Safety Tips


Media Advisory March Break Safety Tips

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 2:30 PM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

While children will be celebrating the arrival of March Break, the Toronto Police Service would like to remind drivers to slow down and eliminate distractions.

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 advice 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 popular with children and seniors.

Collision analysis has typically demonstrated that over half of all Toronto fatalities involve pedestrians. To date, 80% of all the fatalities reported this year have involved pedestrians. Last year, 36 pedestrians lost their lives, representing approximately 58% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto. Additionally, to date 54% of the pedestrian fatalities have involved senior aged pedestrians.

Driver Safety Tips:

- A driver who is aware and alert can avoid potential hazards and other distractions
- 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 head-lighting system Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well
- To avoid backing into, or out of, a parking space, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out
- Drive in travelled lanes only - avoid driving across or through parking spaces
- Use rear-view and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed

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

Let's all work together to make the rest of the year safe.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Clinton Stibbe, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8 p.m., Fraud Prevention Month #FPM2018


Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8 p.m., Fraud Prevention Month #FPM2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:59 AM
Financial Crimes:  416-808-7300

March is Fraud Prevention Month. The philosophy is for Canadians to recognize, reject and report Fraud, and reduce Fraud by increasing fraud awareness. Fraud Prevention Month is spearheaded by the Competition Bureau of Canada. #fraudchat is running a four-week series during Fraud Prevention Month with our special guest Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Week 1: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Tax Scams

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 8 p.m., we will be joined by our special guests at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to answer questions regarding tax scams. Members of the public can follow The Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre using the hashtags @canantifraud and @CanRevAgency 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.

#fraudchat is an online Twitter program that seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Gail Regan (@ReganFCU), and Diane Kelly (@DKellyFCU) of TPS Financial Crimes, along with Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (@Canantifraud).

For more information about #fraudchat, please contact Financial Crimes at 416-808-7300.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Katrina Arrogante, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Diane Kelly, Financial Crimes