City workers to make Toronto safer with launch of CityWatch program|
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Today, Deputy Mayor Case Ootes and Councillor Brad Duguid, chair of the Task
Force on Community Safety, encouraged City workers to look out for situations
that affect community safety. They delivered the message at a news conference
to launch Toronto's CityWatch program.
"City workers are everywhere - day in and day out," said Deputy Mayor Ootes.
"Their work takes them from streets, to back alleys, to buildings, to community
centres. They're in a unique position to help keep our streets and
The program encourages City staff to be aware of and alert to what is going on
around them during the normal course of their work day. If workers see
suspicious activity, they are asked to report the situation immediately, either
through normal work procedures or by phoning 9-1-1.
"CityWatch recognizes staff for taking voluntary actions that benefit community
safety," said Councillor Duguid. "I encourage all of our employees to rally
behind this new program and make our City a safer place for everyone."
Through this program, staff can play a role in the prevention and reduction of
losses associated with crimes, injuries, accidents, health problems and
"CityWatch is a perfect fit for Toronto Hydro," said John N. Brooks, President
and Chief Executive Officer Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. "We have
about 700 crews on Toronto streets with radio equipment and a communications
infrastructure in place. If called upon, we're ready to help."
Toronto's CityWatch program is the first of its kind and magnitude. The program
not only brings together 45,000 City workers, it also has the commitment and
broad support of the City's labour partners.
Joining the Deputy Mayor were representatives from CUPE Locals 1, 416, 79 and
1600, as well as Toronto Hydro, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Professional
Fire Fighters' Association, Toronto Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services,
Toronto Transit Commission, City of Toronto Administrative Professional
Supervisory Association, Toronto Zoo, Toronto Parking Authority, Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority and City of Toronto departments.
For more information, visit the City of Toronto's Web site
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