University of Toronto Campus Community Police Service
|University of Toronto Campus Community Police Service|
Uniform Shoulder Patch of Campus Community Police
|Legal personality||Non government: University of Toronto|
|Sworn members||50 Special Constables|
The University of Toronto Campus Community Police Service was created in 1904 as the university's campus police force. Today, the University of Toronto Campus Police is responsible for the safety of over 80,000 students, faculty and staff, in addition to the thousands of visitors to the University each day.
The University of Toronto Campus Police is commanded by three Police (Special Constable) managers assigned to each campus (St. George, Scarborough and Erindale). Several platoons have been organized which consist of Staff Sergeants, Corporals and Constables. These platoons of officers provide policing services to the University around the clock, 365 days per year. Each platoon consists of specialized officers who are trained in general and advanced patrol functions. In addition, officers are also trained in advanced criminal investigation functions, including SOCO (scene of crime officer). Campus Police SOCO officers will examine crime scenes for trace evidence and submit their findings to Toronto Police Forensic Identification Unit.
University of Toronto Campus Police Special Constables are sworn in as Peace Officers through the Toronto Police and Peel Police Services Boards after being approved by the Provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Special Constables are appointed as Peace Officers under the Ontario Police Services Act. This appointment under the Act confers police authority on Campus Police officers as per the agreement with Toronto and Peel Regional Police Services Boards. Campus Police possess powers of arrest, search and seizure. They also have the authority and discretion to lay criminal and provincial offence charges. Offenders who are taken into custody by University of Toronto Campus Police are transported to city/regional police detention centers for holding and processing. Campus Police provide specialized policing services tailored to the University Community they serve, which otherwise may not be provided by the jurisdictional police. Criminal/provincial offence occurrences which occur within the University community are investigated by the U of T Campus Police who prepares jurisdictional police reports which are then submitted to Toronto or Peel Police as per the Special Constable Service agreement.
The U of T Campus Police Service prides itself with its "community policing" approach to crime prevention and public safety.
The U of T Campus Police have Peace Officer authority for all areas of the University of Toronto campus as well as roads abutting the property. Furthermore, they have police authority away from the University as long as the original offence occurred on or in relation to the University of Toronto, within the City of Toronto or Region of Peel.
The Campus Community Police enforce the following statutes:
- Criminal Code of Canada
- Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Trespass to Property Act of Ontario
- Liquor Licence Act of Ontario
- Section 17 of the Mental Health Act of Ontario
- Selected municipal by-laws
In addition, Campus Community Police enforce the University of Toronto Student Code of Conduct.
Campus Community Police patrol in marked vehicles which are designed to be easily identifiable to the public. Officers also patrol on foot and on mountain bikes.
Community Response Unit (CRU)
In addition to the uniform presence/primary response that the Campus Community Police provide, the CRU works behind the scenes on an array of projects which include but are not limited to:
- Case Management (Criminal and Provincial offences)
- Property and Evidence Management
- VIP visits / Special Events
- Crime Prevention / CPTED auditing (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
- Intelligence, Investigations & Follow up
Several officers with the University of Toronto Campus Community Police are SOCOs (Scene of Crime Officers) who are designated to process crime scenes and collect evidence. Evidence that the Campus Community Police may collect is then forwarded to the Toronto Police Forensic Identification Services for further investigation and evaluation. Fingerprints recovered from crime scenes are entered into AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and compared against fingerprints on file. DNA evidence is also collected and submitted.
Community Based Policing
The University of Toronto Campus Community Police place a major emphasis on Community Based Policing. Officers have implemented the following programs to address the needs of the community:
- Alcohol / Drug Safety Day
- Bicycle Anti-Theft Programs
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Rodeo
- Building Watch Program
- Business Crime Watch Program
- CPTED Auditing
- First-Year Orientation Program
- Lock It or Lose It Program
- Safety Awareness Week
- STOP Anti Theft Program
- Student Partnership Program
- Working Alone
- Youth Education and Safety Program (aimed at the University of Toronto high school students)
- LGBTQ / First Nations Liaison
- Huron / Sussex Resident's Association (Faculty Housing) Liaison
Broader community events that the University Of Toronto Police participate in are Cops For Cancer, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and food drive initiatives.
High Profile Events Investigated by U of T Campus Police
- Ghost Hunt Turns Deadly at U of T, September 2009
- Fine Arts Professor Murdered at the U of T, 2001
- Medical Sciences Morgue Homicide, April 1998 (1)
- Medical Sciences Morgue Homicide, April 1998 (2)
Campus Police Special Constable recruiting occurs infrequently. Interested persons are encouraged to visit the Campus Police website for applicant postings. Applicants whom are successful in the initial stage will undergo a Toronto Police and/or Peel Police Services background investigation prior to an official offer of employment. Potential candidates must also successfully complete the prescribed ATS (Applicant Testing Services) tests prior to submitting their application. Candidates for the position will also undergo panel interviews, extensive background investigations, home/neighbour interviews, fingerprint submission, medical testing, written testing and psychological testing by a registered Psychologist. Once the candidate has passed the background investigation and testing, they will be deferred to the Peel/Toronto Police Services board for approval. Once approval from the board(s) is granted, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services will review the request and grant Peace Officer status to the appointee to carry out the above functions at their respective campus.