Police evaluating 'potential risk' to public safety in the GTA

Toronto Police are increasing their presence in the city after receiving information that has been deemed a “potential risk” to the Greater Toronto Area.

Acting Superintendent Mike Barsky, Unit Commander of 52 Division Toronto Police, told reporters police are taking the risk “very seriously,” resulting in a greater visible police presence in the downtown core.

Earlier Thursday morning, Toronto Police confirmed they are responding “an unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information” that required the response.

According to a memo obtained by Newstalk 1010 and Global News, the internal document confirms Toronto Police received a call on Wednesday, July 11 about a “potential vehicle ramming attack” at the CN Tower on Thursday, July 12.

Toronto Police responded to the release of the “draft operation plan,” adding that the public will be updated by the department “when necessary.”

Additional officers can be seen in Toronto around key destinations in the city, including the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, at the CN Tower, and Ripley’s Aquarium.

Barsky is encouraging Torontonians and visitors to the city to go about their day, with businesses in the area remaining in full operation, including a Foo Fighters concert scheduled tonight at the Rogers Centre.

“It is information that causes us to determine it a potential risk to public safety,” Barsky said. “Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world and we want our community to enjoy that.”

York Regional Police have also been contacted about the ongoing “risk” and confirmed that there is increased police presence in the area outside the downtown core as well.

The investigation is expected to continue throughout the day.