55 Division

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101 Coxwell Av., Toronto, ON , M4L 3B3
Phone: 416-808-5500
Fax: 416-808-5502

Our Station

55 Division was established in 1972

Unit Commander: A/Superintendent Peter Yuen

2nd in Charge: Inspector Greg Cole

Division Boundaries:
· West-Don Roadway, Lakeshore Blvd. E, Don River
· North-Prince Edward Viaduct, Danforth Ave.
· East-Victoria Park Ave., Nursewood Rd.
· South-Toronto shoreline

Authorized Strength:
collage of various 55 Division vehicles

Units


Primary Response Unit

A backbone of the Division, officers ranging in rank from Police Constable to Staff Sergeant maintain the primary uniform function. They operate the marked police vehicles, attend 911 and other non-emergency calls for the Service.

Criminal Investigations Bureau

This is the main investigative branch of the station comprised of officers ranging in rank from Detective Constable to Detective Sergeant. These officers are responsible for the daily criminal investigations that happen within the division - from simple thefts to preliminary Homicide investigations.
infographic of an investigator with a magnifying glass following footsteps on the ground

“The mummified remains of a baby found wrapped in newspaper from 1925 beneath the floorboards of a home in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood is being tested at the Hospital for Sick Children today.” (Canada.com)
“Nationwide police raids target Hells Angels” (National Post)

Major Crime Unit

This is the plainclothes investigative section of the Division. These officers are tasked with property related crimes. This includes thefts, break and enters and stolen vehicles.

“Couple faces charges for break-and-enter spree in the Beach” (the Star)
“Man wanted in break-and-enter investigation” (Torontonews24)

TORONTO - Car thefts and other petty robberies often go unreported because victims assume police will never find their stuff.
But no report leaves cops unable to return property if they find it. Toronto Police officers are using social media to overcome this dilemma and reunite victims of theft with their GPSs, laptops, power tools and other items. “This is just one of the many things being thought of when it come to using social media as an investigative tool,” Toronto Police Const. Scott Mills said Sunday. Officers recently recovered vast amounts of stolen goods in separate investigations across the city and are using Youtube and Facebook to reunite people with their possessions. “We’ve got everything from electronics to jewelry to board games,” Det.-Const. Jessy Kapitany said of the property she and her fellow 55 Division officers have found. Some of the items were stolen as far back as five years ago. It was a drug investigation that led to the discovery of the missing goods, Kapitany said. About 250 stolen items were found in several commercial properties, allegedly accepted in lieu of cash by suspected drug dealers. Drug users will steal anything they can get their hands on and quickly sell it to get a fix. Officers from 54 and 14 Divisions have also recently recovered a large quantity of stolen property, much of it taken in smash-and grabs in underground parking garages in Flemingdon Park and the Dundas-Spadina. (Blue Line Magazine Inc.)

Street Crime Unit

This is the plainclothes investigative section of the Division. These officers are tasked with crimes of violence and drugs. This includes robberies, drug trafficking and drug possession.

Frauds

This is a non uniform investigative section of the Criminal Investigative team. This office is comprised of two Detective Constables. These officers are tasked with all investigations involving frauds. These warrants can be for numerous things. Commonly warrants are obtained for persons that are arrest able but officers aren’t able to locate them. Other warrants are issued by the courts in an effort to bring them before a Judge or Justice.

Police hit moving fraud target” (Toronto Police)


Warrants

This is a Uniform investigative section of the Criminal Investigative team. This office is comprised of two Police Constables. These officers are tasked with all parties that are outstanding on warrants. These warrants can be for numerous things. Commonly warrants are obtained for persons that are arrestable but officers aren’t able to locate them. Other warrants are issued by the courts in an effort to bring them before a Judge or Justice.

SACA

This is a small investigative unit that specializes in the investigation of Domestic assaults, child abuse and youth crime. These officers ranging in rank from Detective to Detective Constable. These officers must be accredited investigators in their specialized fields.

Toronto Police Service Domestic Violence page

“Man Charged in Sexual Assault Investigation” (Toronto Police)

Community Response Unit

The Community Response Unit is a group of Officers ranging in rank from Staff Sergeant to Police Constable. They perform their duties in uniform and conduct foot patrols, bicycle patrols, atv patrols and general vehicle patrols. These are the “Beat” officers that are one on one with the community on a regular basis. These officers work in our schools, in are parks and at our events.
photo of two police officers from community response unit on bicycles

Toronto Police Service Crime Prevention page

“Graffiti Artists Celebrated At Ashbridges Bay Skatepark”(Youtube)
“55 Division's Christmas Food Drive” (Leslieville’r)

Traffic Response Unit

The traffic Response Unit is tasked with managing the safe and efficient management of Pedestrian Traffic within the division. These officers ranging in rank from Sergeant to Police Constable. These officers operate the marked police vehicles and attend all traffic related incidents.

Fatal Crash at Coxwell and Danforth: Traffic” (Flickr)
Cyclist hit on Coxwell” (Ibiketo.ca)