Special Constables

The Special Constables who serve with the University of Toronto Community Campus Police are dedicated to creating a safe, secure and equitable environment for those who work, live and study on the St. George Campus.

Special constables are granted enhanced authority by the province through the Toronto Police Services Board, which effectively gives members of the University Police organization the authority of a police officer while on campus. This brings expanded powers to deal with criminal and provincial offences, thereby requiring less Toronto Police presence on campus. The Policy on Policing grants authority to enforce university policy, bringing infractions to the attention of the academic or departmental leaders.

The nature of work performed on campus provides the potential for emergencies of a unique nature. University Police are specially trained to deal with campus occurrences that require sensitivity and discretion when responding to community needs.
Role and authority of Campus Police special constables (in a nutshell):

Special constables are appointed by the Province of Ontario and managed by the Toronto Police Services Board
Special constables have the authority of a police officer while on University Property
Special Constables are able to deal with criminal and provincial offences, thereby requiring less Toronto Police presence on campus
Special constables have the powers of arrest and release, have the discretion to act on criminal and provincial offences, and have the authority to transport prisoners within the City of Toronto.
The University of Toronto Policy on Policing grants authority to enforce university policy, bringing infractions to the attention of the academic or departmental leaders.

The St. George campus is a unique university community within an urban setting. Consequently, our Special Constables are specially trained to respond to a variety of campus occurrences with sensitivity, discretion and authority. Special Constables patrol the campus by foot, car and bicycle in order to provide a visible presence.

Our Campus Police Training Program is designed to provide our Special Constables with a sound knowledge of the laws and procedures that front-line officers are required to apply in the performance of their duties. Training includes but is not limited to the areas of Crime Prevention, Law Enforcement, Assistance to victims of crime, and Emergency response.