With hard work comes great reward.
Northern Secondary School student Tricia Murray learned just that after completing the second annual Amazing Race coordinated by members of the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto Community Crisis Response program.
Winners of this year’s event, the Grade 11 student and her Dixon Hall teammates won Samsung tablets and grasped a better understating of how to operate in a team environment.
“The event was challenging,” Murray admitted. “But it allowed us to work as a team to compete and I enjoyed doing that. There was no way we could have come out on top if we did our own thing and didn’t work as a group.”
Dixon Hall represented 51 Division, which was one of four police divisions that took part in event. The others were 32, 53 and 55.
Each team partnered with Divisional Neighbourhood Officers.
“The young people were very supportive of each other and we had good interaction with them,” said Constable Mircea Biga, who was assisted by Constables Melissa Huntley and Farzad Ghotbi.
The winning team met with Deputy Chief Peter Sloly at police headquarters on October 14.
As part of the Amazing Race challenge, students wrote letters expressing what they would do if they were Chief of Police.
Sloly thanked them for taking the time to pen the letters and promised he would post their ideas on his Facebook page.
“If there are some good ideas, I will also take those up with the Chief and our Command,” said Sloly. “Your voices will get heard right at the top of this organization.”
Scerena Officer, a Community Development Officer with the City of Toronto Community Response Crisis Program, presented the letters to Sloly on behalf of the youth.
“This was an opportunity for them to say what they want to see going forward in the city they reside in,” she said.
This year’s Amazing Race started at Harbourfront Community Centre and finished at police headquarters.
“In addition to exploring various locations within the downtown core, this event provides an opportunity for youths to learn more about community policing and build on existing relationships with the Toronto Police and multiple community organizations like Toronto Community Housing, Dixon Hall, Ralph Thornton Centre and Jimmy Simpson and Lawrence Heights Community Centres,” said Divisional Policing Support unit commander Superintendent Chris Fernandes.