Toronto Police and Durham Regional Police announce first of its kind collaboration to share firearm bail compliance data
October 27, 2022 By Blue Line Staff / Toronto Police Service
Oct. 25, 2022, Toronto, Ont. – The Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) have announced an inter-agency collaboration to share firearm bail compliance data in real time.
Through the shared Firearm Bail Dashboard, both services can share and display each other’s bail offender information on internal dashboards. This innovative approach, the first of its kind in Canada, will help breakdown geographic barriers and ultimately lead to increased officer and community safety. It will also give frontline officers access to real time situational awareness, enabling them to make data driven decisions and assist in effective and objective resource allocation.
In 2021, TPS provided DRPS with access to its Firearm Bail Dashboard, resulting in the identification of over 40 firearm bail offenders residing in Durham Region. To date, there are approximately 1,100 firearm bail offenders displayed on the dashboard, with over 400 bail offenders residing in jurisdictions outside of Toronto.
The capabilities of this application go well beyond bail compliance, and have directly assisted in the identification of several violent offenders. They include an offender wanted in connection with an abduction in York Region; an offender wanted for a homicide in Toronto; and an offender wanted in connection with an armed carjacking – resulting in the recovery of a loaded firearm.
The bail compliance checks also give officers the opportunity to provide bail offenders with referrals to programs, agencies and resources including employment, housing and financial aid.
As this project continues to remove the barriers of communication between police agencies, TPS and DRPS are in communication with the law enforcement across Ontario, with a view to expand this initiative province-wide.
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