E-mail Sex Crimes Unit
40 College St., Toronto, ON , M5G 2J3
Unit Commander: Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins
In 1989, the Toronto Police Service recognized that serious and serial sex offences were being committed against members of the community, mainly women, affecting their quality of life. It was determined that these investigations were beyond the resources available at the divisional level and as a result, the Sex Crimes Unit was created.
The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to the well being, care and recovery of all victims of sexual assault. Through our partnerships with other outside agencies we follow the appropriate victim response system.
Contact the Sex Crimes Unit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Begins Here
The Sex Crimes Unit consists of four sections:
• Sexual Assault Squad – Investigates sexual offences against persons where there is an ongoing risk to the community and the offender is unknown.
• Behavioural Assessment Section
Threat Assessment – The ability to predict the potential for violence from an individual or group.
High Risk Offender Management – Manages offenders who have served full sentences and are released into the community without supervision.
Polygraph Testing – provides testing services and expertise in interview, interrogation and statement analysis.
Sex Offender Registry – A provincial registration system for sex offenders, obligating them to report to police. Enables police to monitor and locate sex offenders in the community.
• Child Exploitation Section – Identify and rescue victims of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
• Special Victims Section – Investigate sexual offences and exploitation against sex workers, including young persons.
Sexual Assault Advisory Committee
The Sexual Assault Advisory Committee has broad goals including:
- Educating the public about safety measures
- Providing clear information to survivors about the police and court processes through our “Guide For Sexual Assault Survivors”
- Improving the ways in which cases are handled by the police, courts and community agencies.
- Ensuring that survivors receive adequate levels of support.
The Committee consists of representatives from the Toronto Police Service, Sexual Assault Care Centres, Ministry of Attorney General, community agencies and partners. We all work together to combine our experience and expertise in order to improve the care for survivors of sexual assault. This committee provides a forum for information sharing between these agencies with specific emphasis on improving police response to Sexual Assault investigations and improving the follow up support for survivors of sexual assault.
For many years, the Toronto Police Service has successfully collaborated with many community agencies and representatives to provide a systematic response to sexual assault. These community partners have been involved in the development of training modules for sexual assault investigators and the drafting of new procedures for the investigation of sexual assaults. Most recently, the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee has been invaluable in the creation of a guidebook that helps survivors of sexual assault navigate the justice process from police investigation to trial and sentencing.
Document ResourcesA Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors (Brochure version)
A Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors (Printer Friendly version)