First-time shoplifters won’t be charged by Toronto police in pilot project

First-time shoplifters will no longer be prosecuted in two of Toronto’s busiest police divisions as part of a pilot project that, if successful, will go citywide.

The program — called Shop Theft — allows privately employed theft prevention officers to release an accused after the details of the incident are called in to a division, as opposed to waiting — sometimes for hours — for police to answer the low-priority calls.

Just in time for Christmas!