The following was recently sent in by one of our readers...
I used to work out of the old Police Headquarters at 590 Jarvis St. and although I have never seen anything unusual, several of staff reported unusual events.
The story begins a few decades ago. It seems that on the 6th floor of the building where the Police Commissioner had his decadent office, were his private kitchen, bathroom and a small office for his assistant. Story is that one day a young detective went into the private bathroom and committed suicide.
As the Police out grew the building and moved out, the building was first used by Metro Social Services for one of their welfare offices and specialized units. The Commissioner's office was converted to a boardroom and the whole building was accessible to staff except for the private bathroom. It is unclear if the cleaning staff kept it locked by their own decision to do so, because they claimed sitings of a ghost or because its a decision made by the police out of respect for the young deceased detective, but that door was always locked with only cleaners having a key.
However several staff reported hearing footsteps and doors opening and closing but when they investigated often found no one there. A number of staff reported things on the 6th floor being moved around, such as chairs and drawer contents moved elsewhere when desks were locked overnight. A couple even reported seeing something move by quickly when they followed the sound of footsteps and sometimes (myself included) found the private bathroom door unlocked and wide open in the middle of the day when no cleaners were on site with the keys.
A number of Police officers I spoke to about this legend while working in the building tell me that they also have heard from police staff that worked there that they had also told of the same unusual sitings and sounds too. The cleaners said that at night when the building was almost empty of staff, they could hear unexplainable sounds and didn't go to the 6th floor after dark as a rule because they couldn't explain it and feared it.
We received the following information from one of our readers in 2013
Your information is only partially correct. A detective did in fact commit suicide in 590 Jarvis, although it was on the 3rd floor, not the 6th floor. It was not a private washroom, but the men's washroom on the 3rd floor.
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