TORONTO – Toronto needs less talk and more action to restore community safety. As Mayor of Toronto, Brad Bradford will establish dedicated Bail Compliance Units by working with the Toronto Police Service to keep tabs on alleged criminals who the courts have released into our community.
It’s all too common to hear reports of crimes – assault, robbery, and murder – committed by offenders out on bail.
In 2022, there were 44 shooting-related homicides in Toronto. Of those arrested and charged, 7 were out on bail for firearm-related offenses at the time and 17 were out on bail for another charge.
That’s because hardly any of the 17 Toronto Police divisions employ police officers whose sole job is to ensure that people out on bail abide by their court-mandated orders. Repeat and violent offenders out on bail know nobody is watching to ensure they comply with the law. This must change, fast.
“We need urgent action to stop the rise in crime and see justice upheld for all of Toronto,” said Brad. “Violent and repeat offenders are wreaking havoc in our neighbourhoods, contributing to the increase in crime and violence on the TTC and across the City. We need real action to keep people safe.”
This investment will lead to a more effective community presence where it is needed most, helping to stop repeat offenders before they do more harm. The City of Toronto will fund this expansion of Toronto’s community policing presence backed by Premier Ford’s actions to match his words on prioritizing community safety.
Toronto Police Service Bail Compliance Units
68 new officers, with an average of 4 per Toronto’s 17 police divisions.
Exclusively tasked with engaging, monitoring, deterring and enforcing compliance of the law with individuals in the community on released on bail.
There are currently over 1,500 individuals before the courts, accused of violent crimes released on bail with very strict conditions like curfews and house arrest.
The Bail Compliance Units are estimated to cost $16 million annually and would be paid for by the Government of Ontario’s with their follow through on public commitments to improve safety.
Residents of this city expect their elected officials to prioritize their safety and security rather than cater to criminals out on bail who pose a risk to the public. It’s time we take real action to put law-abiding Torontonians first.
Brad Bradford will be the strong mayor of action Toronto needs. He understands the challenges the city is facing because his young family lives them every day. As Mayor, Brad will use every tool of that office to deliver results for the city.