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

Partnership Reduces Robberies

Pharmacy robberies have been drastically reduced in Toronto through the use of time-delayed safes thanks to a partnership with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police that now has spread across the province. “A year ago, the Hold Up Squad was speaking publicly about...


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Arrests in Carjackings and Robberies

An investigation targeting carjacking and pharmacy robbers has resulted in six arrests and the recovery of over $980,000 in stolen property. Project Repeater was conducted over five months to identify the perpetrators of the crimes and those behind the scene orchestrating the criminal activities. Between August 21, 2022 and March...

Arrests in Surging Pharmacy Robberies

Toronto Police have made 10 arrests in a string of armed robberies targeting pharmacies between December 2022 and February 2023. The investigation involved 26 robberies in the 10-week period. Of the 10 arrests, six were young people under the age of 18 and two were 14 years old. They face...



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...




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