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Monday, October 31, 2005

33 Division Community Bulletin

Staff Inspector Ruth White

A devastating earthquake struck Pakistan this month leaving tens of thousands dead and millions homeless. Police Constables Mansoor Ahmad and Sajeev Nair of 33 Division desperately wanted to help. They reached out to the community and organized a relief effort, requesting donations of tents, blankets, clothes and medical supplies be dropped off at any police station. They also arranged the transportation of the donations to Pearson Airport where these much needed supplies would be sent to Pakistan.

Due to the overwhelming response from corporate donors and the people of Toronto, the warehouse space at Pearson Airport reached its capacity. The results of the relief effort will see 255 boxes containing over 2600 tents and 1700 blankets making its way to Pakistan over the next four weeks.

These officers are to be commended for their efforts and again the people of our City have exemplified the true meaning of community by assisting the Toronto Police Service in this compassionate effort.

Financial support is still needed and contributions can be made to the Pakistan President’s Earthquake Relief Fund at the following institutions:

Royal Bank Transit # 02874003
Account # 105-223-2
Bank of Montreal #3214-1002-807
Habib Canadian Bank #1130-93


The five-week Traffic Enforcement project concluded on October 10th and was an overall success. 2,700 charges were laid, including arrests that were made in and around the schools, helping to keep our neighbourhoods and our children safe.



The Home Security Academy can “help you put the pieces back together.”

The 33 Division Toronto Police Service Home Security Academy is a one evening workshop. This session is designed to help you deal with your emotional reaction and give you a chance to:

Reduce your sense of violation
Understand your reaction
Discuss effective coping methods
Access support services

It will also focus on crime prevention strategies, both for your home and your community.

This FREE workshop is being offered to you or someone you know who has been a victim of a Break and Enter on:

Thursday, November 10th, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
33 Division, 50 Upjohn Road

Please contact PC Kelly Downie #5535, 33 Division Crime Prevention Officer to confirm your attendance at 416-808-3395.

Be informed about Charity scams. Never donate money over the telephone, or give out personal information. Carefully look at the charity’s full name and confirm that it is a legitimate charity or organization.
Now that the cold weather is approaching, be wary of people who show up at your door offering special deals on checking your furnace and other fuel burning appliances.
Protect your identity – choose a PIN number that is difficult to obtain; do not write your PIN number down; do not use your birth date, address or phone number as your PIN number; destroy your bank statements and ATM transaction records.


Did you know that 85% of all child/infant car seats are installed improperly? Have your child’s car seat inspected by a trained technician by calling 33 Division at 416-808-3325 to book an appointment.

It’s a fact that your vehicle’s airbag is among the list of targeted items stolen for their high value. If your airbag is being replaced, make sure it’s installed by a reputable dealer.

Did you know that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities? This is due to the lack of respect for basic road laws. Avoid becoming a victim by obeying the laws of the road and crossing only at designated areas. Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to vehicles making right-hand turns.


On Sunday the 16th of October, 2005 at 6:50 PM, a 17 year old male victim was standing in front of a pizza parlor at 3030 Don Mills Rd East.

At that time, a vehicle carrying six males pulled up in front of the restaurant.

Three males exited the vehicle and approached the victim. One of the males immediately attempted to engage the victim into an argument, while the second male began searching the victim’s pockets. The third male used a video cell phone to record the robbery.

The first male, who was wearing a set of brass knuckles, then punched the victim in the face, causing injuries to the face. The victim managed to run away and call police.

The victim was able to provided Primary Response officers with physical descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle.

About one hour later, plainclothes officers located the suspect vehicle exiting the Sparroways housing complex at Leslie St. & Finch Ave East.

The vehicle was followed and pulled over at Yonge St & Finch Ave East, when a sufficient number of officers arrived in the area. Six suspects were arrested and investigated for the robbery.

The brass knuckles were located and seized, along with the cellular phone that had been used to record the attack. When the vehicle was returned to the registered owner, who was the mother of one of the suspects, she advised that the vehicle contained another cellular phone that did not belong to her family.

Police investigated and located the female owner of this cellular phone.

She advised police that her cellular phone had been stolen during a robbery at Hobart Park, Don Mills Rd & Van Horne Ave, earlier in the evening, where she and two friends were robbed by a group of males.

One adult and four young persons were charged accordingly with Robbery, Assault Cause Bodily Harm, Possession of Prohibited Weapon, Obstruct Peace Officer, Possession Under $5,000.00 and Fail to Comply with Recognizance…22 charges in total.

At the time of these robberies, four of the five accused persons were already before the courts, for other charges.

Officers from the following 33 Division units were involved in and contributed to the success of this case; Primary Response Unit - “A” Platoon, Community Response Unit, Street Crime Unit and Major Crime Unit.


Reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities continues to be a priority of the Toronto Police Service. In spite of previous successes and recognizing the efforts of all front line members, 20 pedestrians have lost their lives this year, representing 48% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto in 2005. The Service will continue to be diligent in the promotion of education and enforcement strategies for pedestrian related offences. Smart Ped "Be Bright at Night" is a combined public awareness and enforcement campaign which will run from Monday, 2005 November 07 until Sunday, 2005 November 13. November is traditionally the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions.