On September 01, 2011, Chief William Blair amalgamated the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Community Mobilization Unit.
The newly formed unit is called the Divisional Policing Support Unit (DPSU).
The 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.
In addition to TAVIS, the new unit includes a number of new areas. One area, Community Mobilization Support, includes Neighbourhood Resource Officers and Youth Response Support. Members 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, and one of the newly created positions is in the area of victim and witness support. This officer is working with Victim Services and officers in the field ensuring that the needs of victims, their families and witnesses of crime are addressed.
The 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.