Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Toronto Police Service Welcomes New Deputy Chiefs of Police


Toronto Police Service Welcomes New Deputy Chiefs of Police

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:34 PM
Corporate Communications:  416-808-7100

After a national search by the Toronto Police Services Board, the Toronto Police Service is pleased to welcome three new Deputy Chiefs of Police.

Staff Superintendent Peter Yuen, Superintendent Barbara McLean, and Inspector Shawna Coxon all bring the skills and experience necessary to further the modernization of the Service.

“I have had the pleasure of working with each of these members throughout my career,” said Chief of Police Mark Saunders. “Collectively, they bring innovation, diversity, and leadership to my Command Team. I am excited for the future of the Toronto Police Service and the city of Toronto.”

The new Deputy Chiefs will be introduced at tomorrow’s Police Services Board meeting. They, along with the Chief, Chair Andy Pringle and Mayor John Tory, will be available to media at 12:45 p.m., at Headquarters, outside the Auditorium. 

The Deputies join Deputy Chief James Ramer, Deputy Chief Mike Federico (retiring in September), and Chief Administrative Officer Tony Veneziano.

Biographies for the new Deputy Chiefs are as follows.

For more information, please contact Meaghan Gray, at 416-808-7095.

About the new members of Command

Deputy Chief Peter Yuen

Peter Yuen has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 30 years. Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, he was the Staff Superintendent in charge of Corporate Risk Management – an area that included Professional Standards, Legal Services and the Toronto Police College. Peter’s career has included time as Unit Commander of several Divisions, a trainer at the College, and as an investigator of organized crime. Peter is best known for his expertise in the area of Asian Organized Crime and for leading the resurrection of the Community Police Academy. He has a Master’s of Arts in Leadership and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies. Peter is proud of his Chinese heritage and has been an active ambassador for the community. He currently serves as senior advisor to the East & South Asian Internal Support Networks.

Deputy Chief Barbara McLean


Barbara McLean has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 28 years. Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, she was a Superintendent and Unit Commander of 54 & 55 Divisions, where she led a team dedicated to community safety and customer service. Barbara’s career has included time as Unit Commander of the Toronto Police College, and as a domestic violence and sexual assault investigator. She is best known for her role as the Transformation Lead on the Human Resources Modernization Project. Barbara has a Masters of Human Resources & Industrial Relations, a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration. She volunteers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and WindReach Farm and is the founder and current senior advisor of the Service’s LGBTQ Internal Support Network.

Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon 

Shawna Coxon has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for 20 years. Before becoming Deputy Chief of Police, she was an Inspector with Strategy Management, where she led a team focused on change management for the Transformational Task Force recommendations. Shawna’s career has included time as a frontline police officer/supervisor, numerous investigative roles including a professional standards investigator and a human rights advocate. She is best known for her work implementing the CyberCrime team, the Service’s Internal Support Networks and for organizing the first police-led Racially-Biased Policing Conference. Shawna has a Ph.D. in Law (Criminal), a Masters in Criminology, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has extensive local and international volunteer experience, has been an adjunct professor for more than a decade and recently attended the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

Imitation gold iPhone 7 Plus cellphones sold online


Imitation gold iPhone 7 Plus cellphones sold online

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 3:38 PM
23 Division:  416-808-2300

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of imitation gold iPhone 7 Plus cellphones being sold on Kijiji and other websites.

The imitation iPhone 7 Plus cellphones look identical to genuine iPhone 7 Plus models and are sold in sealed packaging. They have Serial # C39T6R6AHFXY and IMEI #359176076852917, which are verified by Apple as authentic.

The cellphones do not have authentic Apple software. The public is advised to remain vigilant when buying these cellphones and to take all precautions to ensure the cellphone is authentic.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2300, 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 Chaitanya Joshi, 23 Division Major Crime

Man, 32, faces 12 charges in Arson investigation, Downtown Toronto


Man, 32, faces 12 charges in Arson investigation, Downtown Toronto

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

It is alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 4 a.m., officers responded to the Mutual Street and Gould Street area for a garbage can on fire

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 4:22 a.m., officers responded to the Yonge Street and Gerrard Street East area for a garbage can fire near a laneway

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 4:49 a.m., officers responded to the Bay Street and Hagerman Street area for church doors on fire

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 5:03 a.m., officers responded to the Dalhousie Street and Shuter Street area for a mattress on fire

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 5:11 a.m., officers responded to the George Street and Gerrard Street East area for two large blue bins on fire

It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 5:15 a.m., officers responded to the Gerrard Street East and Jarvis Street area for a garbage bin on fire

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 5:19 a.m., Jordan Omar Cuthbert, 32, of Toronto, was arrested. He was charged with:

1) six counts of Arson
2) five counts of Mischief Under $5000
3) Mischief Over $5000

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

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 Sean Thrush, 51 Division

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Muhammad Fahad, 33, charged in ongoing Sexual Assault Investigation, Man's photograph released


Muhammad Fahad, 33, charged in ongoing Sexual Assault Investigation, Man's photograph released

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 3:53 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public about an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, Durham Regional Police Service received a call for a sexual assault.

It is alleged that:

- on Sunday, August 20, 2017, a 25-year-old woman was leaving a downtown Toronto nightclub in the Cherry Street and Polson Street area

- a man approached her, posing as an Uber driver, and asked if she needed a ride

- the woman entered the man's car, a red, four-door 2017 Toyota Camry

- the man then sexually assaulted the woman on the drive home

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Muhammad Fahad, 33, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1) Sexual Assault
2) Theft Under

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 10 a.m., room 507.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Matthew Pinfold, Sex Crimes







Personal injury collision #39/2017, now fatal collision #35/2017, Dundas Street East, East of Sherbourne Street, Update, Security camera video released


Personal injury collision #39/2017, now fatal collision #35/2017, Dundas Street East, East of Sherbourne Street, Update, Security camera video released

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 2:19 PM
51 Division:  416-808-1900

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 4:05 a.m., police responded to a call for a personal injury collision.

It is reported that: 

- a woman, 45, for reasons not yet determined, stepped onto Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street and lay down on the roadway

See previous release.

It is further reported that:

- the driver of this vehicle turned south on Seaton Street from Dundas Street East

The woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

See previous release.

This investigation is ongoing and police are looking to speak with the drivers of these two vehicles. 

Additionally, police are requesting anyone who was in the area on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at approximately 4:05 a.m., and who has any information, to contact police. 

Investigators have collected security camera video they want to share with the public. If anyone recognizes this vehicle, or has any information related to it, please contact police. To view the video, click here

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, 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 Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

Missing man, Yonge Street and Carlton Street area, James Robertson, 79


Missing man, Yonge Street and Carlton Street area, James Robertson, 79

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 9:02 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

James Robertson, 79, was last seen on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 10:30 p.m., in theYonge Street and Carlton Street area.

He is described as 5'9", thin build, curly black-and-grey hair, moustache. 

Police are concerned for his safety and well-being.

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 Toshi Imai, 51 Division



Missing man, Queen Street East and Bond Street area, Duane English, 39


Missing man, Queen Street East and Bond Street area, Duane English, 39

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 8:50 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Duane English, 39, was last seen on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., in theQueen Street East and Bond Street area.

He is described as 5'6", 130 lbs., thin build, short brown hair, blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a bright-yellow T-shirt and jeans.

Police are concerned for his safety and well-being.

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 Toshi Imai, 51 Division



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Public Safety Alert, Yonge Street and Gloucester Street area, Stolen medication


Public Safety Alert, Yonge Street and Gloucester Street area, Stolen medication

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM
52 Division:  416-808-5200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a quantity of stolen medication.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 1:50 a.m., 20 vials of Novorapid NPH and 20 vials of Novolin insulin were stolen in front of an address near Yonge Street and Gloucester Street. 

The medication was inside a black suitcase left outside of the address. 

The medication could be harmful or fatal if ingested, especially to children.

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 David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Constable Daniel Zamparo, 52 Division

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Personal injury collision #39/2017, Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street


Personal injury collision #39/2017, Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:59 PM
51 Division:  416-808-1900

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 4:05 a.m., police responded to a call for a personal injury collision.

It is reported that: 

- a woman, 45, for reasons not yet determined, stepped onto Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street and lay down on the roadway

- a light-coloured minivan was eastbound on Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street

- the driver of the minivan was able to avoid striking the woman

- a dark-coloured sport utility vehicle (SUV) was eastbound on Dundas Street East, east of Sherbourne Street, and struck the woman

The woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver and vehicle are currently sought in relation to this collision. The driver may not have been aware that a woman was struck. Police are requesting anyone who was in the area at approximately 4:05 a.m., and was driving either of these vehicles, to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, 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 Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

Police seek assistance identifying two men in Assault and Sexual Assault investigation, College subway station, Security camera images of two men released


Police seek assistance identifying two men in Assault and Sexual Assault investigation, College subway station, Security camera images of two men released

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:47 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance identifying two men in an Assault and Sexual Assault investigation. 

It is reported that: 

- on Friday, July 21, 2017, just after midnight, a couple entered College subway station

- a man approached the couple and sexually assaulted the 25-year-old woman

- the woman's boyfriend confronted the man who was with three other men

- one of the three other men then assaulted the boyfriend

The group of men then fled in an unknown direction.

Security camera images of two men are now available.

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

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Lyndsey Ryan, 51 Division






Man wanted in bomb threat investigation, Bloor-Yonge subway station, Update, Security camera images of man released


Man wanted in bomb threat investigation, Bloor-Yonge subway station, Update, Security camera images of man released

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 8:38 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance locating a man wanted in a bomb threat investigation.

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 1:55 p.m., officers responded to a call for a bomb threat at Bloor-Yonge subway station.

See previous release.

Security camera images of the man are now released.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Andrew Nanton, 51 Division












Sunday, August 13, 2017

Man wanted in bomb threat investigation, Bloor-Yonge subway station, Photograph of man released


Man wanted in bomb threat investigation, Bloor-Yonge subway station, Photograph of man released

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 10:13 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance locating a man wanted in a bomb threat investigation.

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 1:55 p.m., officers responded to a call for a bomb threat at Bloor-Yonge subway station.

It is reported that:

- a man was on the southbound Yonge line train

- the train was crowded

- the man announced to the people on board that he had a bomb and would blow up the train

- this forced the evacuation of the train in an unsafe manner

- he was last seen leaving the station in the midst of the crowd

His photograph is now 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 David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Andrew Nanton, 51 Division




Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Personal injury collision #23/2017, King Street East at Queen Street East, Man, 22, faces five charges


Personal injury collision #23/2017, King Street East at Queen Street East, Man, 22, faces five charges

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 12:35 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 6:20 a.m., police responded to a call for a personal injury collision on King Street East at Queen Street East.

It is alleged that:

- a man, 22, was driving a 2015 Mercedes S63, eastbound on King Street East, approaching Queen Street East 

- a woman, 40, was driving a 2010 Nissan Cube, westbound on Queen Street East, approaching King Street East

- a man, 47, was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry, westbound on Queen Street East, approaching King Street East

- the Mercedes struck the Nissan, then the Toyota

- the driver of the Mercedes has been identified as Zicong Liu, of Toronto

He has been charged with:

1) Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
2) Impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm 
3) Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm
4) Criminal negligence causing bodily harm
5) Over 80 mgs operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm

He appeared in court at College Park on Thursday, August 3, 2017, courtroom 501.

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 Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe Traffic Services

Monday, August 07, 2017

Missing man, Jarvis Street and Wellesley Street East area, Nene Mmono, 22


Missing man, Jarvis Street and Wellesley Street East area, Nene Mmono, 22

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:44 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

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

Nene Mmono, 22, was last seen on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 12 p.m., in the Jarvis Street and Wellesley Street East area. 

He is described as 5'6", 141 lbs., thin build, black afro hair. He was last seen wearing a cream-coloured T-shirt, yellow shorts.

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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Abdul Nuri, 51 Division



Friday, August 04, 2017

Police request assistance with Sexual Assault investigation, Rosedale Valley Road and Bayview Avenue area, Update, Security camera video and images of man released


Police request assistance with Sexual Assault investigation, Rosedale Valley Road and Bayview Avenue area, Update, Security camera video and images of man released

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:02 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service is making the public aware of a Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

- on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a man met a woman in the Yonge Street and Queen Street West area

- the man led the woman to St. James Cemetery

- he then forced her into a wooded area off Rosedale Valley Road and Bayview Avenue

- the man sexually assaulted the woman

To view a security camera video of the man, click here.



The man is described as 31-35, approximately 5'9", unshaven, short dark hair, medium build, with a potbelly, wearing a dark zippered hooded sweater, grey shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), orLeave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca


Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Matthew Pinfold, Sex Crimes




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


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

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 12:35 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. 

From Monday July 31, 2017, to Friday August 4, 2017, the Service launched a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign that focused on traffic congestion and gridlock. 

Parking Enforcement Officers and members from Traffic Services saturated the downtown core during morning and afternoon rush hours. 

Rush-hour route enforcement campaign results:

Parking tickets issued: 1,714
Vehicles towed: 382
Traffic tickets issued: 80

"Rush-hour routes that are clear of parked vehicles contribute to an efficient, liveable and safe city. TPS Parking Enforcement will continue to allocate resources and enforcement to where it is needed most to reduce gridlock and congestion," said Brian Moniz of Parking Enforcement.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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

Civic holiday on-street parking enforcement


Civic holiday on-street parking enforcement

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 6:58 AM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-6600

Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Civic holiday on Monday, August 7, 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 Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement Operations

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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


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 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

Public Safety Data Portal launched, User-friendly website for police data & maps, data.tps.on.ca


Public Safety Data Portal launched, User-friendly website for police data & maps, data.tps.on.ca

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 5:10 AM
Business Intelligence & Analytics:  416-808-7777

A new Toronto Police Service data portal has been launched to the public to improve understanding of policing and provide the community with a transparent view of public-safety issues in their neighbourhoods.

The Public Safety Data Portal (data.tps.on.ca) provides unprecedented access to police statistics, including crime and traffic data at a granular level of detail. Data is provided in easily accessible maps and interactive dashboards as well as raw data for downloading, known as Open Data. 

“The Public Safety Data Portal is designed to help reinforce the Toronto Police Service’s principles of being actively accountable, establishing trust in the community and enhancing collaborations channels with the public and partner agencies to address community safety challenges," Business Intelligence & Analytics Manager Ian Williams explains. “Providing Police Open Data contributes towards collaboratively finding insights into data. The public will be able to analyze data through interactive dashboards, mapping applications and even download raw datasets for their own analysis. We have built capabilities into the tools that allow users to filter and extract data by date, neighbourhood or by specific categories in the data.” 

The first phase of the data releases includes 2016 Major Crime Indicators (excluding sexual assaults), a historical Homicide dataset from 2004 to 2016, Traffic Collision data, including events where a person was killed or seriously injured (KSI) as well as TPS Division and Patrol Zone boundary files. The data is provided in formats consistent with open data industry standards such as .csv, .kml, shapefiles and APIs, which people can use to develop applications and integrate data with other government data.

The portal was created as a result of the work done by the Transformational Task Force. Mandated to look beyond the way policing is currently done in Toronto, the TTF proposed a modernized policing model for the city that is innovative, sustainable and affordable. 

Recommendation #17 in the Action Plan: The Way Forward, commits to the use of open data for public safety. 

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Ian Williams, Business Intelligence & Analytics