Ashley Baker didn’t hesitate when asked which police service she would like to work for after completing graduate studies.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology Master of Arts criminology student was the recipient of the Larry McLarty scholarship presented at the 28th annual Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA) national awards on October 2 at York University.
“Of course, Toronto Police is my first choice,” she said, after being presented with the award from 31 Division Unit Xommander Superintendent Tony Riviere.
A graduate of All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Baker is a volunteer probation officer and Durham Rape Crisis Centre helper.
“I love interacting (with) and helping people and policing seems to be the ideal profession to do that," she said.
Riviere said it’s important that the Service supports young people who are pursuing post-secondary studies.
“It’s also crucial that we embrace those who have an interest in becoming part of our wonderful organization,” he added. “From my interaction with Ashley today, she’s a good candidate.”
The scholarship's namesake, Larry McLarty, served with the Jamaica Constabulary Force before becoming the first Black uniformed member with the-then Metropolitan Toronto Police Force in January 1960. He retired from the Service as a staff sergeant just over two decades ago.
The Larry McLarty scholarship was made possible through donations by members of the Service’s Black Internal Support Network, a mentoring and support group made up of both civilian and uniform members.