In the early 1990’s innovative Police and security leaders in the downtown core of the City of Toronto formed an alliance called “Crime FAX” whereby members would be advised by facsimile whenever Police were seeking suspects or had information of interest to share. The system also worked as a method for members to share information with each other in a closed and trusted circle. As time passed and technology changed (such as the prominence and speed of e-mail) the system fell into disuse.
In 1997, then Staff Inspector Dan Hutt of 52 Division, Toronto Police Service, and Nick Migliore, then Director of Security at the CN Tower, met to discuss the opportunities for the creation of a network that would benefit both the public and the Police. From that discussion, based on Crime-FAX, came the kernel for an organization that would include both Police and private security members, vetted and approved by the Police, whose goals would be to share information in a similar way through internet technology, but more importantly, create a professional forum to foster cooperation with the Police when crimes occurred and civic action would be required. Within the Toronto Police, then Inspector Kim Derry of 52 Division Uniform Operations took an active leadership role and fostered the concept of TAPPS across the organization.
The Toronto Association of Police and Private Security was created and incorporated as a non-profit organization. The Board of Directors was developed based on a sector representative model. The original sectors were: Commercial Office Buildings, Commercial Retail Buildings, Retail Operations, Entertainment and Attractions, Hotels, Bankers and Securities, Private Sector Companies, Colleges and Universities, and three police representatives. Private sector entities were required to pay a membership fee while police officials could join free of charge.
Growing this model, the Board developed a web site with secure discussion boards and communications capability. Membership grew steadily overt time as the range of professional development opportunities expanded. The strength of the organization proved itself in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 when it became the communications forum for non-confidential information among members. That cooperation has grown to the point that TAPPS is now an official partner of the Toronto Police Service and is expanding beyond the borders of Toronto. Training Is focused on preparedness and cooperation among stakeholders, putting in place protocols in the event a situation occurs and the Toronto Police need help.