Stopping Violence Brick by Brick

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:24 p.m. June 12, 2018

With the summer beginning, Divisions across the city devise local operational plans to combat the escalation in gun violence.

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A loaded sawed-off shotgun was seized by officers from the Gerrard St. E. and Bayview Ave. area

“With an increase this year, particularly in 14, 51, 52 and 55 Divisions to some extent, we decided there were enough similarities across these Divisions that we should have a more holistic response to this summer’s initiative,” said Superintendent Tony Riviere, 51 Division unit commander. “That’s why a multi-unit, multi-faceted project that includes the Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force and Intelligence Services, working with plainclothes and uniformed officers, was put together.”

There have been over 50 firearm discharges in 51 Division from January 20, 2017 to now.

Riviere said police have been focusing on a building at 463 Gerrard St., which has been the scene of violence this year.

“We have had a number of violent incidents there,” he said. “We are doing a surgical response driven by intelligence and our goal is to hold those with a propensity for violence accountable.”

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Ammunition seized by officers in a search warrant

As part of Project Red Brick, named after the Gerrard St. building, officers from the 51 Division Major Crime Unit and the Emergency Task Force executed a search warrant at an address in the Gerrard St. & Bayview Ave. area on June 9 at around 10 p.m.

Three persons were arrested at the scene and a fourth person, who arrived at the location during the execution of the search warrant, was also arrested.

Police allegedly seized a rifle and three shotguns, a large quantity of ammunition and approximately 577 grams of marijuana. A subsequent investigation revealed that two of the guns were allegedly previously reported stolen.

Two Young Persons and two adults face a total of 32 charges. One of the Young Persons faces an additional failure to comply with recognizance charge.

They made a court appearance on June 10.

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A rifle seized during a search warrant at Gerrard St. E. and Bayview Ave.
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