In 2012 the Toronto Police Service’s 55 Division is committed to improving community safety, crime prevention and customer service. To that end, 55 Division will continue to work closely with our many community partners to enhance our goal of improving the quality of life and safety within our many neighbourhoods.
55 Division is defined by Danforth to the north, the Don River to the west, Victoria Park to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. We work within City of Toronto Wards 32 and 29, have nine secondary schools, 30 elementary schools and several established neighbourhoods including the Beach, Riverdale, Leslieville, Greektown, Little India and East Chinatown.
55 Division has 241 employees, 14 civilians and 227 uniformed officers. Each represents the face of our Service and they are committed to leading the way to a safer tomorrow.
But we can’t do it alone. Strong community-police partnerships are based on mutual trust, respect and understanding, and are essential for the safety and well-being of all members of our community.
55 Division is very fortunate to have a dedicated, vibrant and focused Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). The CPLC is comprised of local volunteers representing diverse community groups, social services and businesses from within the division’s geography and has a mandate of working to identify, prioritize and problem-solve community-police issues.
Our CPLC has committed to four ‘town hall’ meetings this year, having completed our first in March at Community Centre 55. These venues are patrol area-specific and our next town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m., at Eastview Community Centre near Danforth and Jones Avenues. We would like to encourage members of our community to attend a town hall or visit our station at 101 Coxwell Avenue, speak to our officers and get to know more about the Toronto Police Service and the CPLC.
2012 is a significant milestone for 55 Division, as we are proudly celebrating 40 years of community service based at the corner of Coxwell Avenue and Dundas Street. Prior to 1972, we were a fixture at 97 Main St. since the turn of the century (the building is now home to Centre 55). With the assistance of our many volunteers, we will be marking this anniversary with an open house levee at a date to be announced.
In the meantime, consider participating in one of the many Toronto Police Week celebrations.
Since 1970, Police Week has been observed in May, coinciding with Peace Officers Memorial Day, recognized internationally on May 15. Each year, Police Week focuses on a particular social or crime-related topic with a goal of increasing interaction between police, communities and local organizations. Police Week recognizes that we all share the responsibility for the well-being of a community.
The Toronto Police Service’s Police Week will occur between May 13 and 19, and this year’s theme is ‘Leading The Way to a Safer Tomorrow’.
The annual 55 Division Police Week Community Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Woodbine Park, located at Queen Street East and Kingston Road. There will be police vehicles, equipment and displays, live music, a barbecue and children’s activities including games, jumping castles, prizes and bingo.
Please come out and meet the police officers and volunteers working in your community.