TAVIS Policing

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Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS)
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Andrew Lee
Kyle McCaughey

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Public safety and the safety of communities are one of the most important areas of focus for the police, which is why I chose to do my policing paper on the crime prevention program known as TAVIS. TAVIS stands for Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy and was created on January 5th, 2006 which included 3 new rapid response teams with 18 officers on each team. The idea was that the teams could be released instantly if any gang or gun violence was reported. A total of an additional 72 officers were formed into these teams and are strategically placed throughout
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The community I’ll be looking at is the Mount Olive—Silverstone-Jamestown neighbourhood. The TAVIS team was in the Jamestown area in 2010 and the result of the team being there was compared to the amount of crime that occurred the year before. Also I’ll compare the statistics of when they were there to the follow year to see how their presence affected the community. In 2011, the year after the TAVIS team had left the Jamestown region drug charges were up from 44 to a total of 90, robberies grew to 78 from the previous 54 and sexual assaults were up from 44 to 75.3 As you can see strictly from those stats, the presence of the TAVIS team being there was successful in a sense in those 3 major categories of crime as the following year they all rose in numbers drastically. When comparing some minor crime activity stats from 2009 to 2010 there was a 6.9% drop in assaults, 36.9% drop in break and enters, and an 18.4% drop in vehicle theft.4 Those stats seem to show that the TAVIS presence was making instant changes to the amount of criminal activity. As you can see by all the stats, they all seem to say the same thing. When the police were in the neighbourhood of Jamestown crime took a hit and was on the decline, when the police left the area the criminal activity sky rocketed back up and went past when they used to be before the TAVIS team got there. So it seems pretty simple, keep the police there and the crime goes
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