Something unusual is going on at 12 Division police headquarters.
The police in 12 Division are, according to a survey of Toronto residents, are the best in the city, in terms of honesty, trustworthiness, objectivity, communication, and freedom from bias. The study, which was released on May 30, surveyed more than 1500 Torontonians for their views of neighbourhood cops.
The survey found “stark” contrasts in how residents viewed police. Whites and Asians generally found police trustworthy and unbiased. Blacks were much less likely to do so. For instance, “Nineteen percent of Torontonians believe that the city’s police officers have discriminated against them in the past because of their ethnic background. 50% of Blacks held that view – some 30% above the population estimate.”
There was another remarkable contrast: between 12 Division and the rest. 12 Division led the rest in every measure.
87% of those surveyed in 12 Division found police honest.
Only 60% did everywhere else
77% in 12 Division found police trustworthy
53% did elsewhere
10% of residents thought that the police were biased against their ethnicity
28% did city-wide
13% of 12 division residents thought the police had ethnic biases
51% of Torontonians did
This week, Frances Nunziata issued the division a certificate of appreciation to celebrate their accomplishment.
Most of us have smart phones and unless we turn them off or put them in airplane mode overnight, we’re going to be awakened by an Amber Alert occurring anywhere in the province. To me this is overkill. Other jurisdictions have managed to allow opting out of the alerts or containing them to regions. Not so in Canada. Each province can only issue a province-wide alert.
My heart bleeds when some unfortunate child goes missing in Thunder Bay, Ottawa or Windsor but there’s very little I can do from my bed here in Greater Weston™; especially when police wait until 3 am to wake me and ask me to do their job. Yes, there may be compelling examples of how an AA has saved a life but they are extremely rare. In most cases, alerts are triggered by a parental dispute with little danger to the child.
People annoyed at being awakened by an Amber Alert are made to feel like pariahs. Don’t get me wrong; if you call 911 because you’re mad at being awakened by an AA, it’s official; you’re an idiot. Most of us don’t call 911 to complain but there’s a considerable body of opinion that only heartless douches resent being awakened.
Call me old-fashioned but I like a good night’s sleep. A solid 7 or 8 hours is important for us so-called adults in order to function effectively the next day. Indeed, population-wide sleep disturbances are dangerous. How do we know this? Each spring after the clocks go forward, the loss of an hour’s sleep boosts heart attack and road accident rates significantly (7% and 17% respectively).
In effect, Amber Alerts may kill more people than they save.
The fix: either restrict alerts to daytime hours or (to accommodate shift workers) allow people to opt out while asleep.
A Reddit user reported last week that her father had been stopped by border officials after he bought cigarettes in Weston. Two officers approached him, she says, and asked for his identification. According to her, they questioned other people and detained a woman.
Other Reddit users concluded that this was likely an identity theft scam, or, perhaps, alt-right nutjobs doing vigilante ‘policing’—but CityTV reported this week that Canadian Border Services officials were in Weston.
CityNews confirmed with [the] Canadian Border Services Agency that immigration officers were in the area of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue on Monday, though they would not tell us what they were doing there or whether they interacted with people.
In a statement, a spokesperson told CityNews, “The CBSA does not publicly discuss ongoing investigations or provide information relating to investigative techniques or plans for specific lawful investigations.”
Hours later, a second email added, “The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) does not conduct random street checks.”
Toronto police and politicians would like to get guns off the streets. Quite correctly, the thinking is that reducing the number of guns in the city will reduce crime.
In response to this, Toronto Police are currently operating a gun buy-back program that will continue until May 17. The idea is to pay cash ($200 – $350) for guns so that they can’t be used in criminal acts. On the surface, this sounds like a good idea. Could such a program reduce the number of guns in criminal hands? Sadly, not the way Toronto’s doing it.
Residents wishing to participate are asked to call police to come to their residence and pick up a surplus weapon(s). Criminals having second thoughts about a life of crime are not likely to do this. Since the program is targeting legally held guns, the only people likely to participate are collectors and owners who want to make a bit of extra cash.
Sadly, the vast number of guns in the wrong hands will remain where they are, untouched by the program.
If the City and Toronto Police are serious about getting guns out of criminal hands, they need to hold a gun amnesty. Other police forces have done this; there’s no need to re-invent the wheel.
As it stands, the current buy-back plan is laughable.
The police have arrested a woman for a non-fatal stabbing at Weston and Lawrence.
The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Distressingly, CityNews says that the victim and perpetrator were not known to each other. The alleged perpetrator appears to have been arrested almost immediately.
Stabbing: Weston Rd / Lawrence Ave
– patient transported to hospital#GO311874@tps12div
Toronto police arrested Bevon McDermott, 57, for a dangerous convenience store robbery in Weston and two bank robberies.
McDermott is alleged to have robbed a convenience store near Chuch and Weston Road on February 11. Wearing a mask and carrying a handgun he
made a verbal demand for cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes and ordered the store employee to place the items inside a gym bag he had brought with him
McDermott is also alleged to have robbed a bank near Wincott and Eglinton and a bank near St Clair and Jane, both on February 15. In at least one of those cases, he is alleged to have held a gun to a teller’s head.