Toronto police warn of increased presence in downtown core over ‘unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information’

July 12, 2018 12:38 pm

An increased number of police officers are out across the city today as a result of an “unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information” relating to the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto police said Thursday.


In a tweet, the Toronto Police Service said they are “responding” to the information but would not provide further details.


The surge in officers will be particularly felt in the downtown core, police noted.


Police cruisers were seen parked Thursday morning around a number of downtown landmarks, including the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CN Tower, and Ripley’s Aquarium.


The downtown attractions remain open today.


Officers with the Emergency Task Force were also spotted near the corner of Bremner Boulevard and Lower Simcoe Street, in the same area where a police update will be held at 11:30 a.m.


Mayor John Tory’s office said the mayor was “briefed” about the situation by Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders this morning.


“He will be continuing to monitor the situation,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time and all questions should be directed to Toronto Police.”


The Ontario premier’s office also released a statement Thursday, saying they are aware of the “reported potential threat.”


“While the information is unsubstantiated, the Premier has been briefed by the Provincial Security Advisor and is actively monitoring the situation,” the statement read. “Our officials remain in close contact with federal and municipal security partners.”


Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale sent out a tweet confirming that federal agencies are aware of the “heightened police presence in the GTA.”


“As per normal policing arrangements, (federal agencies) stand ready to assist if necessary,” Goodale said.


The RCMP said it is not currently involved in the investigation.


There are no service disruptions on the TTC or GO Transit as a result of the incident.


Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the transit agency was notified about the “unsubstantiated threat” early this morning.


She said a security plan is in place and staff have been informed of an increased police presence at Union Station.


“At this point in time, we are remaining at a heightened vigilance level,” she said. 


Speaking to CP24, the Peel Regional Police Service said they have not been contacted by Toronto police and the situation “does not involve” them.


Durham Regional Police said they have also not been in contact with Toronto police.


Canada’s Wonderland sent out a statement Thursday morning confirming that York Regional Police officers are on site.


“We are aware of unspecified and uncorroborated information regarding venues in the GTA. Canada’s Wonderland officials are working with York Region Police and continue to take their guidance on this matter,” the statement read, adding that the park is still open today.


York Regional Police confirmed they have deployed additional officers around the region “as a precaution.”


“Public safety is our primary concern and we are working closely with our emergency service partners across the GTA as we investigate and respond to the information we have received,” York Regional Police’s statement read.



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Source: CP24