Divisional Policing Support UnitPhone: 416-808-0100
Unit Commander: Superintendent Scott Gilbert
2nd in Charge: Inspector David Rydzik
On September 01, 2011, Chief William Blair amalgamated the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Community Mobilization Unit. The newly formed unit became known as the Divisional Policing Support Unit (DPSU). On January 1, 2014, the Transit Patrol Unit (TPU) also amalgamated with the Divisional Policing Support Unit.
DPSU is committed to providing an effective, efficient and economical support service to Service members in the practical application of Community Mobilization principles, as well as developing, enhancing and maintaining constructive community partnerships.
DPSU continues to include a number of community mobilization functions that support the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Mobilization & Engagement Model of Community Policing adopted by the Toronto Police Service.
TAVIS, is a comprehensive, Service-wide, intelligence-led, initiative intended to reduce violence, improve safety and enhance the quality of life in Toronto, particularly in high-risk neighbourhoods.
Community Mobilization Support includes Neighbourhood Resource Officers and Youth Response Support. The TPU provides an increased level of policing on the transit system to enhance the safe, efficient and orderly operation of the mass transit system(s) throughout the City of Toronto.
Members of DPSU are working in communities with Community Response Unit officers from each division, and with the TAVIS Rapid Response Team, providing expertise on community and youth engagement. Another critical area is Crime Prevention Support, which includes the Auxiliary Program as well as victim and witness support.
DPSU provides a more effective, efficient and economical way of doing business both internally and externally, while being more operational and supportive of field units.