Toronto police resumed “normal operations” late Thursday after responding to an unconfirmed threat to public safety by ramping up patrols around the CN Tower and surrounding area. A heavy police presence around the Rogers Centre continued on the same day.
“Today we responded to unconfirmed information with an increased police presence in the downtown core. We did this to mitigate the potential risk to public safety,” spokesperson Meaghan Gray said in a statement.
Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted out his thanks to the police force.
I want to thank @TorontoPolice for acting quickly to respond to information this morning & working quickly to ensure public safety in the downtown. I also want to thank all our residents & visitors for remaining calm throughout the day. Police say normal operations have resumed. https://t.co/3zX46ukHlH
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 13, 2018
“Whenever we report of potential risk, we take it seriously,” he added.
Earlier Thursday, acting Supt. Michael Barsky declined to provide any specifics about what police had learned, but a heightened police presence would allow the busy area, which includes a number of major tourist attractions, to remain open as normal.
York Regional Police also boosted patrols near Canada’s Wonderland north of the city during the day.
Two Toronto media outlets published an internal police memo that said security was being stepped up after “credible information” was received about a “potential vehicle ramming attack.”