Friday, November 2, 2007 - 12:00 PM
Community Mobilization

Toronto - Today, the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board were joined by representatives from community organizations across Toronto to launch Crime Prevention Week 2007. Various initiatives were showcased as part of this year’s province-wide theme of “Committed to Building an Ontario Free from Racism, Intolerance and Hate.”

“One of the Toronto Police Service’s crime-prevention priorities is to address issues of racism and hate,” said Chief Bill Blair. “Officers across this Service, particularly in Community Mobilization and Hate Crime, work closely with our community partners to combat issues of intolerance and incidents of hate/bias crime.”

The Toronto Police Service’s Community Mobilization Unit conducts workshops and provides educational materials, in a variety of languages, which inform the community about crime-prevention techniques. In addition, the Toronto Police Service’s Hate Crime Unit is a member of the provincial Hate Crime/Extremism Investigative Team and provides support to community organizations and other police services working towards eradicating hate and intolerance.

Both units work with community organizations, including the Service’s Community Consultative Committees, to develop a coordinated approach to addressing issues in those communities affected by hate/bias crime.

"Crime Prevention Week is a significant time for the police, the Board and the community to come together in a strong and united partnership,” said Chair Alok Mukherjee. “The Board is committed to ensuring that the relationship between our Service and all of Toronto's communities is inclusive and free from all forms of hate and discrimination."

November 4-10, 2007 has been designated Crime Prevention Week in Ontario. Police, government and communities are being encouraged to continue to work together to reduce the opportunity for hate crimes to help create safe and strong communities in Ontario.