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The Toronto Police Unit is taking a new approach to fighting crime. In 2005, known as the year of the gun, the police force formed a division within its force called “TAVIS”. The goal of TAVIS is to “Reduce crime. Make neighbourhoods safer”.The stragetic approach these officers take is called “carding”. The officers sweep through high risk neighborhoods and “card” any suspicious males. They take down there information, ask them where they are going and if they have any weapons of drugs on them. “TAVIS carded 24,540 people in 2008. Analysis of that data shows that the percentage of black people carded by TAVIS is 41 per cent, compared to 23 per cent with other police unit”. Many citizens are not happy with this new system as they feel they are getting stopped for no reason and interrogated repeatedly. The citizen can be stopped but, does not have to talk to the officer.  Although, this system may seem annoying to citizens, it is a great step in forming a safer city for Toronto. 

http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/raceandcrime/article/761310–elite-toronto-police-squad-goes-looking-for-trouble

Jails aren’t safe?

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Toronto, Uncategorized

The brand new 93 million dollar juvenile rehabilitation center is being reported by inmates as not as safe as it appears. The 192 bed facility that caters to troubled teenagers seems to have many more flaws within the gates then it appears to have . Many reports of officers abusing the inmates and severely beating are surfacing. Many of them report that the food they are being served is unsanitary and the nurses that work them disregard their safety as a whole. The Ontario Government is taking action in reshaping this correctional facility and ensuring that the safety regulations are met.

http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/lawenforcement/article/787799–jail-for-youth-not-safe-report-says

A chinese student studying at York University in Toronto, Ontario was killed in her apartment while her boyfriend watched helpedlessly over webcame. Qian Liu, 23, was found Friday morning dead in her dormitory apartment. While video chatting with her boyfriend she answered a knock at the door and was brutally attacked.  “According to the paper, one of Liu’s roommates told reporters Liu had been stalked by a man whose romantic advances she had spurned”.

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/19/student-qian-liu-killed-in-canada-as-friend-in-china-watches-on/

What is being done about gun crime?

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Toronto

With instances of gun crime being recorded on a daily basis, it is difficult to see what if anything is being done about limiting the number of these crimes. The article I am about to post shows that a gun crime happens everyday in Toronto, where on some days as many as three gun crimes are brought to police attention. This is a scary record when considering the people who live in the Toronto area, as the number of gun crimes happen at a seemingly high rate. The articlle also reports that the majority of the arrestees are men in their late twenties to early thirties with many of them having previous criminal charges to their names.

Here it is :

Article

Robbery – 14 Division

A 42 year old male reports that on March 10, 2011 at approximately 1400 hours, he was in the area of Queen Street West and Tecumseth Street when he was approached by a male suspect.  The suspect produced a firearm, removed the victim’s wallet from his person, and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 25-29 years, 5’3”-5’5”, 119-141 pounds, thin build, brown eyes, brown hair.

9898/82010/00:24

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 13 Division

An 18 year old male reports that on March 10, 2011 at approximately 2118 hours, he was walking in the area of Earlscourt Avenue and Boon Avenue when he was approached from behind by two male suspects, one wearing a disguise.  One of the suspects produced a handgun and made a demand for his property.  The victim complied.  Both suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1-2: Male, black, 5’10”, 161 pounds, thin build.

9928/82010/01:07

 

Discharge Firearm – 52 Division

On March 11, 2011 at approximately 0136 hours, police attended a bar in the area of Richmond Street West and Spadina Avenue, regarding sounds of gunshots. Once on scene, several witnesses  report that at approximately 0120 hours, they observed two groups of males in the premises. Two of the males started pushing and arguing with each other. One suspect produced a handgun and discharged approximately seven shots into the air. The suspect along with members of each group then fled the scene, some in a black BMW and the others in a black Lexus. No injuries were sustained.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 20-28 years, 6’-6’4”, 234-240 pounds, heavy build.

90074/88625/09:26

 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5287&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 32 Division

An 18 year old female reports that on March 12, 2011 at approximately 2100 hours, she was in the area of Ranee Avenue and Allen Road when two male suspects exited a vehicle and approached her.  One of the suspects made a demand for the victim’s phone.  The victim refused.  The suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and removed her cell phone from her person.  The suspects fled the scene towards the vehicle on Ranee Avenue.  Minor injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 25 – 28 years, 6’0”, muscular build, bald or shaved head.  Suspect #2: Male, black. NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10124 / 88642/05:24

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 52 Division

An 18 year old male reports that on March 11, 2011 at approximately 2345 hours, he was in the area of Front Street West and York Street when he was approached by two male suspects. One suspect produced a handgun and both suspects made a demand for the victim’s cellular phone. The victim complied and the suspects fled the scene towards Bay Street. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 19-21 years, 5’10”, 161-169 pounds, thin build, black hair in a brush cut. Suspect #2: Male, black, 19-21 years, 5’10”, 180-189 pounds, medium build, back hair in a brush cut.

6201/88625/14:30

 

Arrest – 41 Division

John Williamson, 43
Omar Ahmed, 21

Charge(s):  March 10, 2011 – Unauthorized Presence of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle (jointly), Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition (jointly), Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (jointly), Careless Storage of a Firearm (jointly), Possession of Ammunition for a Dangerous Purpose (Jointly), Careless Storage of an Ammunition (jointly), Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order (2 counts – Williamson only), Possession of Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (2 counts – Williamson only), Possession of Proceeds of Crime (Ahmed only), Possession of Cocaine (jointly), Possession for the Purpose of Cocaine
(Jointly), Fail to Comply with Probation (3 counts – Williamson), Fail to Comply with Probation (1 count – Ahmed).

Arrested and Investigated by Members of Traffic Services.

On March 20, 2011 at approximately 1155 hours, Members of the Transit Control-Traffic Services had reason to investigate two male suspects in a motor vehicle at Victoria Park Subway Station parking lot.  At this time, one of the suspects was found to be in possession of a firearm, and subsequently arrested WILLIAMSON and AHMED.  At the time of the arrest, loaded firearm, drug paraphernalia, a quantity of cocaine and cash were located.  Further investigation revealed that the suspects were unauthorized to possess firearms and different firearms prohibitions.  It was also revealed that they failed to comply with conditions of their probations (WILLIAMSON – 3 counts, AHMED – 1 count).  Charged accordingly.  Investigation continuing.

9909/86481/17:24

 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5288&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Swarming) – 32 Division

Two 19 year old males report that on March 12, 2011 at approximately 2345 hours, they were in the area of Neptune Drive and Bathurst Street when they were approached by three male suspects, wearing disguises. One suspect brandished a handgun and made a demand for a jacket belonging to one of the victims. The victim complied. The suspects then removed a cellular phone and a quantity of cash from the victims. The suspects fled the scene eastbound on Neptune Drive. No injuries were sustained by the victims. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 6’-6’1”, 161-165 pounds, muscular build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 5’6”-5’7”, 141-150 pounds, thin build. Suspect #3: Male, 5’9”-5’10”, 161 pounds.

6681/88625/10:28

 

Monday, March 14, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5289&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 25 year old male reports that on March 13, 2011 at approximately 2330 hours, he was in the area of Jane Street and Shoreham Drive when he was approached from behind by two male suspects.  One of the suspects produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim, while the second suspect removed the victim’s cigarettes and wallet containing his ID and cash from his person.  The suspects then fled the scene eastbound on Jane Street towards Shoreham Drive.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, Asian, 21 to 23 years, 5’11” to 6’0”, 169 to 180 pounds, medium build.  Suspect # 2:  Male, Asian, 21 to 23 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, 161 to 169 pounds, medium build.

10622 / 88642/05:07

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20646.pdf

Man faces seven charges in firearm investigation,
.45 calibre mini Glock hangun seized

Broadcast time: 11:08
Monday, March 14, 2011

TAVIS
416−808−0140

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, members of the TAVIS Rapid Response Team and the TPS Mounted Unit were on patrol in the Entertainment District.

It is alleged that:
− police investigated a man outside a nightclub near 214 Adelaide Street West,
− police located a .45 calibre mini Glock handgun on the accused.

Michael Junior Browne, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Carry Concealed Weapon,
2) Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon,
3) Possession of a Restricted Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized,
4) Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence,
5) Possession of a Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order,
6) Fail To Comply − Probation,
7) Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest.

The accused was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, room 103, at 10 a.m.

The Toronto Anti−Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) is a Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services provincially funded initiative dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable, safe neighbourhoods. TAVIS initiatives are operating in all of the 17 Toronto police Divisions and are supported by every unit in the Service.

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20652.pdf

Man faces 10 charges in firearm and drug investigation,
.22 calibre semi−automatic handgun and ammunition seized

Broadcast time: 11:16
Monday, March 14, 2011

12 Division
416−808−1200

On Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 3:45 a.m., members of 12 Division’s Major Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Emergency Task Force, executed a search warrant in the Jane Street/Woolner Avenue area.

It is alleged that:
− police seized a loaded .22 calibre semi−automatic handgun with 12 rounds of ammunition,
− police also seized a quantity of ecstasy and marijuana.

Kevon Jones, 22, of Toronto has been charged with:
1) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
2) Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
3) Firearm careless storage,
4) Careless Storage Ammunition,
5) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
6) Possession Property obtained by Crime,
7) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device,
8) Unauthorized possession of a prohibited device,
9) Possession of Controlled Substance,
10) Possession of Marijuana.

He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Sunday, March 13, 2011, room 101, at 10 a.m

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5291&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Taxi) – 43 Division

A 49 year old male employee of Able Atlantic Taxi, reports that on March 15, 2011 at approximately 0100 hours, he picked up a male fare at the Kennedy subway station and was instructed to drive to the area of Scarborough Golf Club Road and Lawrence Avenue East.  Once at this location the male made a request to sit in the front seat.  Once in the front seat the suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect hit the victim in the face and searched his pocket and removed his cell phone and wallet.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  The victim sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical attention.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, white, 25-30 years, 5’10”, 161-165 pounds, thin build, black hair.

10177/87947/05:28

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5292&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Taxi) – 54 Division

A 45 year old male employee of Crown Taxi reports that on March 16, 2011 at approximately 0300 hours, he was flagged down by two male fares at Pape Avenue and Queen Street East.  The victim drove the suspects to Woodycrest Avenue and at that time the suspects ordered the victim to stop. One of the suspects grabbed the victim from behind and the other suspect produced a handgun and held it towards the victim’s head.  This same suspect made a demand for cash, the GPS unit and his cellular phone. The victim complied. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, 19-22 years, 5’6” to 5’8”.  Suspect #2: Male, black, NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

9054/89286/07:13

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20663.pdf

Man face 14 charges in firearm investigation,
.38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver seized

Broadcast time: 13:35
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

14 Division
416−808−1400

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, officers from 14 Division’s Major Crime Unit arrested a man in connection with a firearm investigation.

It is alleged that:
− the accused was in possession of a .38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver, 50 rounds of ammunition and a quantity of marijuana and crack cocaine.

Landon Williams, 19, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition,
2) Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
3) Unauthorized possession of a firearm,
4) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
5) Carry Concealed Weapon,
6) four counts of Fail to comply Recognizance,
7) Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
8) Possession of Marijuana,
9) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
10) Possession of Cocaine,
11) Possession of Proceeds of Crime.

He was scheduled to be appear in court at Old City Hall, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, room 101, at 10 a.m.

 

 

Toronto crime map

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Toronto

Here is a map that displays the variety of crimes which have taken place in Toronto over two months.

click here for map