Toronto Police Crime Stoppers special collaboration with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) was lauded at the launch of this year’s Crime Stoppers Week celebration in Scarborough.
“That partnership has allowed us to leverage their expertise to develop programs that meet our tenants’ diverse needs,” said TCH Chief Operating Officer Wayne Tuck. “The partnership with Crime Stoppers has resulted in over 40 seminars that focused on helping TCH prevent crimes before they happen. Services facilitated by Crime Stoppers are an important part of how we engage tenants and provide additional training for TCH special constables.”
Acting Chief James Ramer said the Service is set to take major steps in building safer communities.
“Neighbourhood policing will be the cornerstone of building safer communities and neighbourhoods in Toronto,” he said. “The ability of Toronto Police to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be is always dependent on the trust and support of the community we serve. It is incumbent on all of us to come together to problem-solve issues in a professional and timely manner. We cannot police effectively without the partnership of the community.”
The theme of this year’s celebration is: Building Safer Communities Together.
Toronto Police Services Board Vice Chair Councillor Chin Lee said the theme highlights the fact that crime prevention and community safety are a shared responsibility.
“Police officers’ efforts are not just about reacting to and solving crimes,” he said. “It is about preventing and deterring crimes before they occur. Crime prevention cannot be left to the police alone. Each and every citizen, the community and private organizations are vulnerable to be victims of crime and therefore have an influence over the causes of crime. Crime prevention is an important strategy that could only be sustained if there is strong support through collaboration.”
Toronto Police is one of 52 police services across the province celebrating Crime Prevention Week. Students from Mary Shadd Public School joined in kick off event, playing O Canada on steel drums.
“Our police personnel play an incredibly important role in making communities safe,” said Joe Couto, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police director of government relations and communications.