Community Bicycle Registration

By Constable Craig Somers,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6 a.m. September 24, 2014

On September 20 and 21, officers from 51 Division Community Response Unit Team 4 held their first Bicycle Registration Days.

A boy in TPS YIPI uniform flashes a peace sign as a man in TPS Auxiliary uniform holds a bicycle as a woman in TPS uniform inspects it. Another man in TPS Auxiliary uniform writes notes as he speaks to a man in a bicycle helmet.
A passer-by stops to register his bicycle. Auxiliary officers and Youth In Policing Initiative students helped officers document bicycles
  • A boy in TPS YIPI uniform flashes a peace sign as a man in TPS Auxiliary uniform holds a bicycle as a woman in TPS uniform inspects it. Another man in TPS Auxiliary uniform writes notes as he speaks to a man in a bicycle helmet.
  • Three rows of people, some in TPS uniform, TPS Auxiliary uniform and YIPI uniform stand by a sign reading: Toronto Police Service 51 Division

Two officers, Constables Alan McCullough and Tracy Snedden thought up the idea and planned the event in reaction to this summer’s high incidence of bike thefts within the Division.  

Officers found that during investigations most bikes were not registered. In some cases, despite believing that they have been stolen, officers were unable to form the necessary grounds to further seize bikes and charge those in possession of allegedly stolen bikes.

The registration day was turned into a community event with music from DJ Parks (Constable Ed Parks) and light refreshments were served, compliments of the community through Bob Kemp. Over the two days, 110 bicycles where registered on the spot and another 50 forms were sent home with interested citizens for online registration. Because of the popularity of the event, future registry events will be planned.

The event was made even more successful as the 51 Division Youth In Policing Initiative  students who teamed up with the 51 Auxiliary Officers to assist officers at the event.

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