Police in the city's north end have opened a new recreational centre today as part of an effort to connect with Toronto's Somali community.
The Big Blue Door games room, as it's known, is a space for kids in the Dixon Road neighbourhood to hang out after school. It stems from 23 Division's Somali Liaison Unit.
"What these types of programs do is they promote open dialogue and they promote trust and relationships between the youth, the parents, community at large and all the community leaders here," said Sgt. Brian Beadman.
Officers at 23 Division have been working to build trust within the Somali community after years of tension and gun violence in the Dixon road area.
The games room at 340 Dixon Road includes video games, computers and table hockey and is open to kids aged 10 to 16.