E-mail Marine Unit
259 Queen's Quay W., Toronto, ON , M5V 1A2
Unit Commander: Staff Inspector William Wardle
The Toronto Police Marine Unit is located at 259 Queens Quay West. Marine unit also has 3 sub-stations located at Bluffers Park, Center Island and Humber River, which all are used for police and lifeguard functions. Marine unit staffing is composed of 38 Constables, 9 Sergeants, 2 Staff Sergeants, 1 Unit Commander 4 Mechanics, 2 Crew Hand, and 1 Civilian, totalling 57 personnel.
The unit has a unique responsibility; it is the largest command, encompassing approximately 460 square miles of open water on Lake Ontario. The operational jurisdiction is from the Etobicoke creek (Peel Region) to Rouge River (Durham Region) and extending 13 nautical miles to the US/Canada border. Marine Unit is also responsible for all waterways within Toronto.
Within the mission statement of the Toronto Police Service and in compliance with the service priorities, Toronto inner harbour remains the number one priority. The unit provides support to the Harbour Commission, Billy Bishop Island Airport and the residents and guests of the Toronto Island. Marine unit is also responsible for enforcing the Criminal Code, The Fisheries Act, Canada Shipping Act, Provincial Offences Act, and Toronto Port Authority by-laws. In addition to normal enforcement duties, Marine unit is responsiable for medical transport to the island communities, ice rescues, river rescues, recoveries of weapons and bodies, and other water related operations.
Search and Rescue is a very important part of operational strategies and mandates. Marine unit officer's continuously train and exercise with multiple agencies. The agencies include US/ Canada Coast Guards, US Department of Homelands Securities, Canada Border Services, RCMP, OPP, Peel, Halton, Durham, Niagara, York, Hamilton Regional Police Services. The unit has an outstanding fleet of boats for quick response, body recoveries, diving operations and rough weather rescues.
Community relations office acts as a liaison with the resident of the Toronto island communities as well as many safety councils. Officers also participate with safety programs, crime prevention and public education lectures. The unit works closely with by-law enforcement and liquor inspectors to address complaints involving tour and party boats. Officers are active in school presentations, public displays on water safety, and numerous tours of the unit from policing agencies from around the world.