Neighbourhood Officers Fire Up Friendship

By Constable Candice Kennedy,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:16 a.m. August 7, 2014

Neighbourhood Officers in the Jane St. and Woolner Ave. area offered up a free BBQ to celebrate the strong partnerships we have built in the community.

A group of people with a man and woman in TPS uniform against a police command vehicle
Property managers and city staff joined police in connecting with the community at the BBQ
  • A group of people with a man and woman in TPS uniform against a police command vehicle
  • A man and woman in TPS uniform with three men and one woman against a police command vehicle

On July 27, 12 Division  Neighbourhood Officers, in partnership with the property owners of 190, 200, 210, 220, and 230 Woolner Ave. along with the 777 and 787 Jane St., held a BBQ for all of the residents of the buildings, drawing out 1,000 people.  

The property owners along with generous donations from businesses within the Jane and Woolner area allowed us to host a very successful BBQ in the Woolner Park at no cost the the residents. Police Dog Services, Toronto Fire Services, Auxiliary Officers, Youth In Policing Initiative  students, Community Response Unit officers, Toronto Police Recruiting Officers, Access Alliance and Monster Energy Drinks all participated in the event.

The Neighbourhood Officers, include myself - Candice Kennedy - as well as Shayne Gordon, Shane Beaudoin & Adam Collyer. We're assigned full-time to the area to patrol, create partnerships with stakeholders in the community and solve public safety issues. We have partnered with property owners and the City of Toronto and volunteers from the neighbourhood, developing strong connections within the neighbourhood over the last year.

We felt the BBQ was a great way to help build even stronger bridges by spending  the day serving the community food and interacting in positive ways outside of the day-to-day police work. Both residents and police officers look forward to future events.

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