Keeping Our Parks Safe

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 7 a.m. November 8, 2017

A patrol of parkland in 43 Division has created great community contacts as well as resulted in arrests.

A man in TPS uniform talking with a woman and child seated on an ATV
Constable David Sawyer talks to community members who wanted to check out his All-Terrain Vehicle

The officers have been using use All-Terrain Vehicles and bicycles to patrol parks, pathways, waterfront and playgrounds since July as part of the high visibility Project KOPS (Keep Our Parks Safe) initiative. 

The officers focus on ensuring that the parks are being used for recreation and not consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Project Keep Our Parks Safe

Constable David Sawyer said officers have seized weapons, drugs and have made an arrest of a man wanted for attempted murder as they patrol the parks. They have also been employed on search and rescue calls for missing people.

“The community is very appreciative of what we do. A lot of the times we come through the parks we’re approached by families and kids. We stop and have a photo opportunities with bicycles and ATVs – it’s great community engagement,” Sawyer said. “We enjoy speaking with the community.”

Two men in TPS uniform on all terrain vehicles in a forest
Officers patrolling Morningside Park on ATVs
TPS crest watermark