Which Toronto police officers should you be worried about?
Posted On August 3, 2021
The Toronto Police Service has confirmed that security doors in its downtown buildings are not currently being tested to detect if they can be opened manually or automatically by people walking through them.
But Toronto Police Association president Mark Pugash says that could change.
“We’re not saying there isn’t a way to test the doors,” he told CBC Toronto on Wednesday.
“The question is how we do it so it doesn’t compromise our safety.”
The Toronto police are currently testing a new system that allows officers to enter the doors of police stations using the “hands-off” method, where they must wait until they’re close enough to the doors before opening them.
Pugash said the security doors are also being tested on the back of the patrol cars, and it’s being assessed if they’re safe.
“I’m confident that we can open the doors on the front of the car, which will allow officers to reach inside,” he said.
The Toronto Public Health Health Association also said the door security doors have not been tested, but it said there are no health risks associated with them.
The doors are not being tested for the first time since the doors were installed in December, the association said in a statement to CBC Toronto.
“It’s a precautionary measure and it does not mean that the doors can’t be opened,” said Phelim Kine, an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Public Health.
He noted that the door is not being used in all cases, but that it has been tested in some of the busiest areas.
“If it works in your neighbourhood, it probably will work in your area, and if it doesn, you’re not going to know for sure until we see the results,” Kine said.
He added that Toronto Police Services are currently using a manual method for opening the doors, which means there are currently no tests being conducted.
“If we see that we need to test that manual method, that would be the way to go,” he added.
The union also said that it is not yet clear how the new doors will work when the doors are in the back, because they are designed for the front.
The association also noted that police will need to get clearance from the city’s public health department before opening the door.
“They have to go through the city before they can open it,” Kate said.
In a statement, Mayor John Tory said he is concerned that the system could be vulnerable to attacks.
The city’s Public Health Services is also investigating the issue.
Mayor Tory said that Toronto has had “many incidents” in which people have attempted to open the door while wearing masks.
While there is no evidence to suggest that a single person has intentionally tried to open a door while masked, Tory said Toronto police should be careful when entering buildings that are not locked down.
In addition to the testing of the door systems, Tory also announced that he will be making an announcement about the safety of the city-owned Toronto Zoo on Thursday.
Toronto police are also investigating how to deal with an incident in which an elderly woman was shot by a Toronto man who was walking past her house.
Police are not releasing details about the woman, who was shot in the chest and is in stable condition, but said she was hit by the bullet from the homeowner’s gun.
This is a developing story.
We will update this article when more information becomes available.