The York South-Weston community doesn’t want to see its local police station go.
To that effect, the Mount Dennis, Weston and Greenhills community associations have started a Save 12 Division campaign and have created lawn signs with the message, which are available to anyone who wants to help spread the word.
“We think we have something good going with policing,” Mount Dennis Community Association president Mike Mattos said.
“We are talking. We are having the conversation. We would take a step backwards if they close it.”
The Toronto Police Service is considering ways to modernize its force and is considering consolidating multiple divisions, which could result in the closure of six stations. If approved, 12 Division would be closed and its operations consolidated with 11 Division.
Mattos said 12 Division has a good reputation, saying crime statistics in its coverage area are better than average, the station is involved with the community, hosting barbecues and putting on various community initiatives, and its community policing liaison committee is one of the most active in the city.
“We think we have an excellent system right now and we think you’re going to break it. We don’t see an up for York South-Weston by closing 12 Division. We see a lot of risks,” Mattos said.
Additionally, 12 Division officers conduct bike patrol through the community. Mattos doesn’t expect that to continue if its operations are merged with 11 Division, located near the busy area of St. Clair Avenue West and Old Weston Road some four kilometres from 12 Division.
“How can you possibly think you’re going to be more efficient when your officers have to contend with that traffic for hours and hours day after day?” Mattos said.
He urges Toronto police to find cost savings in other ways than closing down the police station.
Signs available for pickup at Squibb’s Stationers, 1974 Weston Rd., Greenborough Community Church, 2000 Keele St., Councillor Frank DiGiorgio’s office, 99 Ingram Dr., supercoffee, 1148 Weston Rd., or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A $5 donation is suggested to offset the costs of producing the signs.