Waterfront Welcomes Neighbourhood Police


The Waterfront is teeming with people – both residents and visitors. To keep us safe, a new Neighbourhood Community Officer Program was introduced by Toronto Police last May. Our community now has four officers from 52 Division, working in teams of two, who will be visible and accessible to the community seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. They will generally be walking or on bikes.

The idea is for neighbourhood community officers to connect with the community, developing solutions and mobilizing resources to “reduce crime, fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.” Part of their job is to enforce bike safety on the Martin Goodman Trail.

The officers assigned to the Waterfront neighbourhood have a wealth of experience with an average of 33 years’ experience. Each officer brings varying skills and experiences to the community. It is hoped that they will remain in this post for a minimum of four to five years.

For the past few weeks, they have been introducing themselves to the businesses in the neighbourhood. Should you want to interact with them, here are their names and contact information:

• PC Barry Bates — 647-302-7548 [email protected]
• PC Mark Ferreira — 647-309-4692 [email protected]
• PC John Wood — 647-309-8805 [email protected]
• PC Paul Vanseters — 647-286-3136 [email protected]

The 52 Division set the boundaries for this policing program from Wellington Street West to the North, Spadina Avenue to the West and Yonge Street to the East. The lake is the South boundary for what must be the most beautiful police beat in Toronto.

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