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Community Policing & Dropping Crime Rates:
Last Decade of Toronto Police
William Bill Blair
Chief of Toronto Police Service
November 26th, 2014 – 11:45am – 1:30pm
481 University ave, suite 711, Toronto, ON M5G 2E9
11:45am – Registration | 12:00pm – Lunch | 12:30pm – Speech & Q&A | 1:30pm – Closing
Chief William Bill Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005.
Chief Blair started his 35-plus year policing career as a beat officer in downtown Toronto, and continued with assignments in drug enforcement, organized crime units, and major criminal investigations. Promoted to the senior ranks of the Service, his postings included Divisional Commander, Community Policing Programs, and Detective Operations, responsible for all specialized investigative units including the Homicide Squad, Hold-Up Squad, Sex Crimes Unit, Fraud Squad, Forensic Identifications Services, Intelligence Services, and Organized Crime Enforcement, including the Guns and Gangs Unit, and the Repeat Offender Program.
As Toronto’s Chief of Police, he has overseen the development of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) to combat violent crime. Rapid response teams are deployed to at-risk neighbourhoods to enhance enforcement and support local policing initiatives while promoting the role of Community Response Units and the ‘neighbourhood police officer’.