Building From Our Past
Profile Of Police Operations
The Metropolitan Toronto Police Force was formed in 1957 as the result of the amalgamation of the thirteen local municipal Police Forces: City of Toronto; Township of East York; Township of Etobicoke; Township of North York; Township of Scarborough; Township of York; Town of Leaside; Town of Mimico; Town of New Toronto; Town of Weston; Village of Long Branch; the Village of Swansea and the Village of Forest hill. This eliminated artificial boundaries and standardized police procedure and communications systems within the Metropolitan Toronto area. The result was more effective and more cost efficient policing. The title of "Chief Constable" became "Chief of Police" during the amalgamation. Since 1957, the Metropolitan Toronto Police have earned a first-class reputation among North American law enforcement agencies.
The Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters is located at 40 College Street in downtown Toronto. The offices of the Chief of Police and of the Deputy Chiefs of Police, the administrative offices and many special units of Service are located at Headquarters.
For policing purposes, Metropolitan Toronto is divided into three field commands, each under the direction of a deputy chief of police. Within each of these commands is a network of police stations or divisions. Divisional officers perform all front-line policing services in uniform and plainclothes with a focus on neighbourhood priorities.
Other units are located at Police Headquarters and across the metropolitan are to provide a variety of support functions for divisional officers. These include specialized detective services in forensic identification, homicide, fraud, sexual assault, hold up and intelligence. Uniform specialists provide additional assistance with the aid of horses, dogs, boats, and tactical personnel. Traffic experts co-ordinate the investigation of serious accidents, safety programs and enforcement and complement the efforts of those civilian members of the Parking Enforcement Unit who work to keep our streets clear. More than 500 full and part-time court officers and 300 communications operators work behind the scenes to manage the efficient transfer of information and people.
Administrators, technicians, human resource specialists, planners, analysts and other complete the roster of civilian members and police officers who help the Chief of Police manage the demands of Toronto's diverse population. As Toronto has changed over the years, so too have the Metropolitan Toronto Police.
The Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters From 1957 - 1997
The Stewart Building (149 College Street) became the temporary Toronto Police headquarters on October 13th, 1931 but was found to be inadequate for the expanded operations in 1957.
On November 11, 1960, all the commission offices and headquarters functions were moved to 92 King Street East.
In August 1967, the Metropolitan Toronto Police moved into the new headquarters situated at 590 Jarvis Street.
The official ceremonies for the brand new Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters, at 40 College Street, were held on November 3, 1988.
The Cadet Program began in 1936 and the last Cadet class graduated June 28th, 1993.
Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum
The Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum was created in 1961. In August 1967, the Metropolitan Toronto Police moved their museum into the new Headquarters situated at 590 Jarvis Street. The Police Museum and Discovery Centre opened to the public on November 27th, 1993 at 40 College Street on the ground floor.
The Communications System
The Communications System in 1957 consisted of five dispatchers who controlled six radio frequencies and assigned complaints to the units depending upon the type of complaint, the patrol area concerned and the seriousness of the occurrence.
In 1966, a centralized communication and telephone system became operational. October 23, 1998 marked a very important day in the Service's technological history when the Metropolitan Toronto Police commenced operation of their most sophisticated integrated communication system.
The Riot Emergency Squad
The Riot and Emergency Squad was established in 1961. A vehicle had been procured and equipped with materials to permit certain emergency situations to be dealt with in a minimum amount of time.