Established in 1958 in response to a rash of violent bank robberies, the Hold Up Squad, now SCI – Hold Up, is responsible for conducting investigations into the following offences:

  • Robberies occurring at retail business establishments
  • Robberies occurring at financial institutions
  • Robberies involving armoured truck personnel
  • Home invasion robberies

Within the policing community, the term “Hold Up Squad” has become synonymous with the Toronto Police Service. Responsible for identifying and apprehending violent and often armed criminals, members of the Hold Up Squad have earned a reputation for tenacity and determination in their efforts to bring violent criminals to justice. Members of SCI – Hold Up respond to robbery scenes and commence investigations on a 24/7 basis.

Hold Up News

Robbery Suspects Wanted

Toronto Police investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating people wanted for their roles in some violent robberies last year. On July 29, just before 8 p.m., three suspects wearing masks entered a hair salon in the Kennedy Rd. and McNicol Ave. area where there were about 15 people...



Update on Carjacking Investigations

Hold Up investigators updated the media on a series of arrests and people wanted in connection with an increased level of carjackings across the city. “As you know, in Toronto, we continue to experience a concerning increase in carjackings. These robberies are not only happening in our city, but across...

Arrests in Carjackings

Toronto Police has made two arrests in connection with a spate of carjackings in the city’s east end and Durham region. So far, more than 100 charges have been laid against a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy as part of Project ZigZag. Between May 15 and 26,...

Responding to Carjackings

Toronto Police are responding to the recent spike in carjackings with more investigative resources and crime prevention. The Hold Up unit has investigated 60 carjacking occurrences so far this year, one more than for all of 2021. So far, 20 arrests have been made,...


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Inspector Richard Harris Unit Commander