Toronto Police Service
In 1834 the Toronto Police Force had its humble beginnings when the first full-time High Constable William Higgins was appointed to lead a handful of volunteers. Back then, the focus of police activity was on the business district of Yonge Street, from the lakefront all the way north to Dundas Street. Today the Toronto Police Service (Service) employs over 7,300 full time employees, of whom 27% are civilian staff.
The Service is one of the largest municipal police services in North America, responsible for policing a vibrant city of almost 2.9 million, and receiving over 1,900,00 calls for service a year. Though the challenges of policing and the city have changed immeasurably, one thing has remained the same – the dedication with which members serve the citizens of this city.
In September 2011, then Chief William Blair amalgamated the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Community Mobilization Unit. The newly formed unit, the Divisional Policing Support Unit (DPSU) continues to support the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Mobilization & Engagement Model of Community Policing adopted by the Service.
In addition to TAVIS, DPSU is comprised of a number of areas, some which include:
- Neighbourhood Resource Support
- Youth Response Support
- Crime Prevention/Graffiti
- Boards of Education Liaison
- School Lockdowns
- Aboriginal Peacekeeping
- LGBTQ Communities
- Volunteer Program
- Auxiliary Program
- Kids, Cops & Computers
DPSU provides a more effective, efficient and economical way of doing business and reflects the diverse and evolving communities through continued partnerships. They have acquired the skills, tools and cultural competencies to build and maintain trusting and respectful relationships with every community.
The Service’s philosophy is built on innovative and collaborative methods to improve a high quality of life. Members are dedicated to preventing crime, educating and keeping our city safe and are proud to serve all the residents in their community. They truly reflect the Service’s mission of “delivering police services in partnership with our communities to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be.”
Toronto District School Board
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. They serve more than 246,000 students in 595 schools throughout Toronto, and more than 160,000 life-long learners in their Adult and Continuing Education programs.
TDSB has over 40% of their graduates ranking as Ontario Scholars and more than 80% of their graduates go on to university or college.
Toronto Catholic District School Board
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) serves more than 93,000 students in their 201Catholic schools, and represents close to 475,000 Catholic school supporters in the City of Toronto. The TCDSB adheres to Ministry of Education requirements, from a Catholic perspective. The curriculum is enhanced by Gospel values and teachers are professionally trained and committed to serving in Catholic schools
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